How do I write a resume?
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How do I write a resume?

A resume should be easy to read and created for the type of employment you want. 

Resume Content

  •  Print 10 to 20 job advertisements and create a list of the skills, education and experience that were mentioned.
  • Make sure that your resume includes the skills and experience listed most often.
  • Your resume should be different for each position you are applying for, because resumes that don’t have a clear goal may not be considered.
  • Make sure that your most important skills and experience are summarized and listed near the top of the page.
  • Use verbs to describe your accomplishments.
  • Present specific achievements such as how much money you saved the company or how many parts you completed per day.
  • Only list jobs from the last 10-15 years, because they are often the most relevant and may minimize age discrimination.
  • Leave out the word “I” and avoid using “Responsible for…” or “Duties included…” and describe the skills you used for the job instead.
  • Always ensure that the information in the resume is accurate. 

Appearance of the Resume

  •  Put your contact information at the top of your resume and use this same contract information for your cover letter, references and thank you letters.   This creates a professional image with employers.
  • Most resumes should be 1 to 2 pages in length.
  • Use a list with bullets to describe your experience and accomplishments – bullets are clear and easy to read. 
  • Choose Arial or Times New Roman for the font.
  • Font size should be size 11 to 12 except for your name, which should be bold and larger than the other text.
  • Do not include the names of your references on your resume.
  • It is optional to use the phrase “References available upon request” at the bottom.
  • Make sure your resume is free of spelling and grammar mistakes.  It is best to have another person proofread it.
  • Use a laser printer to print your resume and use good quality white paper.