Resume Do's and Don'ts
there is no single winning formula to writing the perfect resume, there
are a number of things you should avoid like the Plague. Remember, that
studies indicate most employers will spend less than 20 seconds
reviewing your resume. It has to be clear, concise and easy to read.
The Resume Doníts
Donít title your resume as ďResumeĒ start with your full name.
Donít mail or fax if email is an option.
Donít go over one page.
Donít use fancy fonts.
Donít use personal pronouns ďIĒ, ďmyĒ or ďmeĒ
Donít use passive words.
Donít use colorful paper Ė white, buff or beige is standard.
Donít include a picture or other artwork.
Donít lie. Brag but never lie.
Donít include your whole lifeís history.
Donít include personal information.
Donít include salary information.
Donít include more that 10 years of employment history.
Donít say you were laid off or fired from your last position. Save it
for the interview.
Donít include personal references.
Donít include ďreferences available upon requests.Ē If they want them
they will ask.
Don't include your age, height, weight, date of birth, marital status,
sex, ethnicity, health, religion, or political affiliations.
The Resume DOís
Do send your resume with a cover letter.
Do strive to make a good impression.
Do make your resume clear, concise and easy to read.
Do use BOLD or Underline for section headings.
Do emphasize your strongest qualifications.
Do focus on accomplishments, skills, and results.
Do print your resume on high quality 8 Ĺ by 11 paper.
Do make contacting you easy. i.e. consider including home & office
Do include descriptive terms that include supportive facts and figures.
Do use short phrases, not long and complex sentences.
Do utilize action words.
Do list your most recent job/educational experience first.
Do list job titles, dates, cities and states.
Do use word processing and spell checkers.
Do ask 2 friends or colleague to proof read your resume.
Do create a resume tailored to the job you after.
Do keep your resume up-to-date. You never know when opportunity may come
Do keep in
contact with PCI Career Services and let us
know how your job search is progressing.
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