Putting the Resume Together
Your resume is an advertisement for yourself. A resume that is well conceived but poorly executed can hurt you just as much as a resume that shows you are not qualified. The resume should be easily scanned the first time it is read. Essential information should stand out so the reader is encouraged to read and study the resume. Although there is no one right format to follow, here are some suggestions to keep in mind:
- Space information so that it is easy to read.
- Try to limit your resume to one page, unless your experience warrants two pages.
- Type your resume or have it done professionally on 8-1/2 x 11 high-quality bond. Never mimeo or ditto a resume.
- Select a type script that is easy to read.
- Margins should be approximately one inch, with double spacing between headings and single spacing within headings; however, use of space depends on the amount of information you must convey.
- Highlight items of special importance by underlining, selective placement or use of white spacing.
- Have your resume proofread by someone else. Check spelling, grammar, and punctuation before and after final typing. The worst mistake you could make would be to have an incorrectly spelled word or a typographical error in your resume.
- If you do not have a clear purpose for including something, leave it out. Use clear and concise statements. You need not use complete sentences; however, your phrases or clauses must be grammatically parallel.
- Use positive verbs that are strong in action rather than verbs that imply receiving or accepting. Use the active voice rather than the passive voice.
- was taught computer programming
- was given a raise
- worked with mailing
- mastered computer programming
- earned a raise
- initiated an improved mailing system
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