Saturday, 13 August 2011

Rules in Writing a Resume

Curriculum Vitae: an outline of a person's educational and professional history, usually prepared for job applications. Another name for a CV is a résumé.
Remember: The job of a resume is to get you an interview, so make a GOOD one by SELLING yourself!

The job of an interview is to get you the job, so to succeed, practice and know the best answer to give for each question!


Rules in Writing a Resume
1. Be brief. Limit it to 1-2 pages
2. If 2 pages, be sure to write "continued" on page one, and "page two" PLUS your full name on the second page.
3. Use short coupon bond!
4. Font size=11 and not smaller than 10 and no larger than 12, except for heading which can be 14-16)! Max of 2 sizes!
6. Font style= Max of 2! Ideally arial or times new roman.
7. Use bullets! If paragraph, limit to 2-3 sentences!
8. Margin= 1”-1.5” or in top, bottom, left and right!
9. Let your document "breathe". Have enough spaces.
10. Reference- Normally two referees are sufficient
11. Use white (or ivory, cream, buff or light gray) paper, DinA4 format with good printing quality.
12. Don’t do it in hand-writing, unless required!
13. Avoid many formats and colors! Be professional.
14. Leave spaces between sections.
15. Watch the style and avoid spelling mistakes.
16. Use synonyms and avoid repetitions.
17. It’s recommended not to use abbreviations.
18. Be honest. Show your abilities, look for the good side of failures but never lie.
19. Be positive. Show the best of yourself
20. Don’t fold or staple!
21. Objective should be specific!
22. Emphasize important info by underlining or using capital letters when appropriate, don’t overdo it!
23. Provide examples of your qualifications
24. Don’t list wages, company street addresses, references, salary requirements, personal problems.
25. Don’t list your personal profile. It’s personal!
26. Use strong wording. Use action words!
27. Experience- usually, keep in 7-10 years!
28. Don’t use pronouns "I, He, She, His, Her" (not necessary or is understood)
29. Don’t use full employment dates such as 12/11/01 (list only the month and year)
30. Don’t Include a References Available upon Request statement at the bottom of the resume (not wrong, but not necessary. Remember, this is not an option. If the employer wants references, they will ask for them)
31. Don’t include personal information such as married, homeowner, two children (Leave off. It is unrelated to the position, and risks possible discrimination)
32. Avoid same information repeated too many times (use a functional/combination format)

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