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A Resume Is...
bullet ...a request for an interview
bullet ...a response to a job opening
bullet ...specific to a situation
bullet ...a first impression of who you are
bullet ...neat, accurate, timely

A Resume Is Not...
bullet ...an autobiography
bullet ...a list of personal hobbies and interests
bullet ...a document you write once, then mail to all
bullet ...a plea for a job
bullet ...read by anyone who does not have a job opening

The Purpose of a Resume
bullet To portray a powerful verbal snapshot of how you qualify for a particular job opening
bullet To motivate your potential employer to want to meet and interview you
bullet To communicate your ability to produce results as part of their team
bullet To advertise your skills, experience and knowledge in a favorable light

What to Include
bullet Choose appropriate format for your situation - functional resume, chronological resume, etc.
bullet Name on top (caps or bold), slightly larger size
bullet Address and home telephone directly below - include business number if you can be called there safely
during the day. Include e-mail address and fax number if you normally communicate in these modes.

bullet Keep it short! One page resumes are preferred. Concise, good overall appearance, easy to read!
bullet Use short, descriptive statements to describe skills - start with action verbs, be specific, use examples that show
measurable results - quantities, percentages, numbers

bullet Create a visual picture
bullet Show best experiences or skills first - the ones that support your work objective
bullet Omit experience over 10 years old unless it relates best to current goals
bullet Use bold face job titles to emphasize positions held rather than dates - what you did is more important than when you did it
bullet Include volunteer or non-paid skills where relevant to your objective
bullet Do NOT include salary information, neither history or requirements. See salary negotiation for more advice on this subject.

The Objective
bullet Is the position for which you are applying
bullet Is NOT your life goal
bullet Answers the question, "Why did you send me this piece of paper?"
bullet Does not describe what you hope to get from the job
bullet Example of a poor objective. "Am looking for a position where I can utilize my skills and can gain experience
and learn on the job in order to advance in my chosen career."

bullet Example of a good objective. "Sales manager with a forward-thinking marketing firm."

Choosing the Format
bullet Chronological - listing your experience in backward sequence (most recent first), by job and date. You list your
accomplishments as they relate to each position.

bullet Functional - listing your accomplishments in order of their relevance to your desired position. You list your work
experience in backward sequence by job and date after that.

The Education Section
bullet Should be at the bottom of the page unless it is new and more qualifying than your experience
bullet Show current studies first, then highest level of achievement - if you attended college, omit reference to high school
bullet Put date of completion at the end of the entry; omit if date of completion is irrelevant or potentially damaging
bullet Include special course work, credit hours, workshops, etc. if relevant
bullet Include special honors and achievements if relevant

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