Monday, October 6, 2008

Things you should do on a resume

Give ten years of employment history.

Explain any breaks in your employment history.

Make sure you have plenty of ‘white space’ on you resume.

Proof read.

Have a friend proof read.

Proof read again.

Make sure that it is formatted so that it e-mails well (E-mail it to yourself and see how it looks).
Use a high quality resume paper for any resume you take to an interview (most people do not, so in the stack your will always feel different so it will get more attention).
Always bring at least two copies of your resume to an interview.

Use MS Word to create a resume you plan to e-mail unless your targeted job search is in the legal field or some other field that uses Word Perfect almost exclusively. Even if you are going for a job in a field that usually uses Word Perfect, save it in MS Word also and attach it in both formats. When saving in MS Word save it in the 1997-2003 versions. Many companies still do not have newer versions of MS Office and will not be able to read a resume in a newer version.
Start with your most recent employment experience and education first.

Keep your resume current. If you just left your job yesterday, the resume you send today should reflect that your latest employment just ended.

Include both a phone number and e-mail address where you can be reached.

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