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Your resume should be an expression of who you are.
For that reason, we never rewrite anyone's resume. There are many
good ways to write your resume so select one that is comfortable
for you. We have provided an example below that includes some
tips (in italics) in a generalized form. You should determine
issues like whether or not to center, how to distribute white
space (areas with nothing), when to bold, what font to use, etc..
We usually fax or email your resume to our clients so print a sharp copy
on white paper if you are faxing or mailing it to us, and please do not use
patterned or colored stationary if mailing.
- avoid fonts which are not business-like
- check your grammar
- use spell check
- avoid combining bold with light fonts
- network professionals should provide a one page
addendum sheet with technologies listed and grouped
- keep the resume to no more than two pages
- a cover letter is fine, but usually a cover
letter directed to us is not of interest to an employer, remember,
we are your living cover letter to the employer.
John E. Smith
use bolding sparingly, the dark can overpower
lighter print, especially when your resume is faxed
1234 Street Address
City, State Zip
(###) ###-#### (W) (###) ###-####(H)
Your Email Address
including your work phone number is your decision,
we suggest that you do not-just to avoid some potentially
unpleasant surprises while someone else is in your office
***CAUTION*** we do not recommend that you include an
objective. You may only be considered for a job of that nature
and will be bypassed for other interesting opportunities. Insert
this paragraph only if you are willing to take the risk.
This paragraph ( maybe only about 2-4 lines) provides an
overview of your qualifications. It is not specific in terms of
individual accomplishments but does give a generalized picture of
what your qualifications are. This section is optional, but
probably a very good option.
Miscellaneous, Inc., Minneapolis, MN
(manufacture and distribution of household things). Potential
employers may not be familiar with your current and
previous employer so it's a good idea to describe very
briefly what business they are in.
Project Manager, 1995 - present. Responsible
for the evaluation, selection and implementation of all
financial modules of System ABC. Directed the activity of
four technical persons. Completed the implementation 00
weeks ahead of schedule and $00,000 under budget. Include
most pertinent data. More recent experiences deserve more
text that jobs from longer ago.
Senior Systems Analyst, 1990 - 1995. A
paragraph similar to the one above for each phase of your
employment. Avoid personal pronouns and story-like
descriptions. Include a brief, accurate description of
the activity which generates interest - you can provide
the details in the interview. A resume that is too wordy,
cluttered, long, or cramped may discourage others from
reading it. Your audience probably has an overly full
workload and may not wish to spend time on what seems
like a time consuming task.
ABC Company, Des Moines, IA (Property casualty
Programmer Analyst, 1986 - 1990. More
tips: Indicate necessary technical specifics, e.g.,
platform, operating system, etc. Avoid going into
technologies which are no longer important-remember,
often the employer is only interested in your most recent
technological experience. If your background is lengthy,
just allude to those older systems, do not use valuable
space and the readers' time to cover ancient history.
Complex Systems Company, Bloomington, MN
(Hardware tuning software)
Programmer, 1983 - 1986. More
tips: Yes, the employer will want to know your dates of
employment. Indentations, blank lines, etc., should be
used effectively to create an "interesting to
read" image. Too much or too little white space may
give a negative first impression. Frills like borders,
icons, etc., probably will not lend much to your resume
unless you are looking for a job as a resume writer or
border drawer. Just use your best common sense and
present your qualifications in a business like fashion.
North State University, Middle, IL.
BS Computer Science cum laude. 1986.
Early in your career, you had education as
the first major section of your resume. Now that you have
some good experience to offer a perspective employer, it
is better to move the education section to immediately
after the experience section. You can include
professional certifications here and title this section
Optional, if you include this paragraph, do so only if it
does not make your resume too long.
Available upon request. Sure they are. If you
really want this job you will provide them when
requested, therefore, omit this paragraph.
Negotiable. As they should be;
however, this paragraph adds no value to the resume.
Remember, your recruiter is your living cover letter.
We'll discuss your salary requirements with prospective
employers. Remember also, not all position openings will
have the same salary levels, job responsibilities, or
cost of living, so also avoid dollar figures here.