Advice For Writing A Resume

Advice For Writing A Resume



Advice for Writing a​ Resume
If you ever plan on​ getting a​ job or​ starting a​ career of​ some kind,​ you will have to​ have a​ resume .​
Not just a​ piece of​ paper that gives the​ employer some information about yourself,​ but rather something that will set you apart from the​ others applying for the​ same position .​
One would like to​ think that there is​ one way to​ write a​ resume,​ and that if​ you follow that exact formula,​ you're set .​
But this is​ not the​ case .​
Each employer is​ different,​ so some might like one style over another .​
We can however give you some tips that will turn you in​ the​ right direction.
One thing that we​ see over and over again in​ resumes is​ an​ overload of​ information .​
I​ guess there are many resume writers that think quantity will impress people over quality .​
They are dead wrong .​
Employers are busy people,​ and don't have all day to​ dig through a​ mountain of​ information .​
So keep it​ informative,​ but to​ the​ point .​
Don't add things in​ there that aren't relevant to​ the​ job .​
In other words,​ don't list that you like pets when you're applying for a​ job as​ a​ web designer .​
In keeping with the​ to​ the​ point rule,​ keep your resume to​ one page .​
They shouldn't have to​ flip a​ page over to​ see what they are looking for .​
This is​ a​ waste of​ their time.
So what should you include on​ your resume?
A) Your name and other information on​ how to​ reach you .​
It’s kind of​ pointless handing in​ a​ resume if​ they can't get back to​ you .​
:)
B) Your Objective .​
There are quite often other positions to​ fill,​ so make sure to​ specify what you are applying for.
C) Training and Education .​
List your training and education with the​ most recent being on​ top .​
List only what is​ related to​ the​ job .​
Make sure to​ list any side classes you took that could be related to​ the​ job.
D) Experience .​
Make sure once again that you are showing quality,​ and not quantity .​
If you are really weak in​ the​ experience area,​ still be careful as​ to​ not make it​ seem like you are just trying to​ fill in​ some space.
Although you want to​ keep a​ resume to​ one page,​ you must not do so by using a​ font that is​ difficult to​ read because it​ is​ too small .​
I​ find that a​ font size of​ 12 or​ so does the​ trick .​
Anything smaller than a​ point size of​ 11 is​ pushing it,​ and might make it​ hard to​ read .​
This is​ especially the​ case if​ the​ employer is​ older .​
One test to​ see if​ the​ font is​ too small is​ to​ ask a​ parent to​ read it .​
If they have to​ squint or​ move the​ resume back and forth until they find a​ good reading distance,​ you might have something that is​ challenging to​ read .​
Fonts that you might want to​ use are Times New Roman,​ Arial,​ Garamond,​ Bookman,​ or​ Helvetica .​
These are easier to​ read,​ and can be found pretty much on​ any computer .​
Don’t bother with crazy script fonts or​ other fun looking fonts .​
You want to​ make sure your resume reflects professionalism and structure,​ not a​ casual direction or​ feel.
Make sure that your resume has room to​ breathe .​
Don’t clutter and squeeze things in​ just to​ fit them in​ .​
Adding some space creates a​ nice visual organization that breaks down the​ page into more manageable pockets of​ information,​ and makes it​ easier for an​ employer to​ find what they are looking for .​
It’s very hard scanning through information when it’s all squished together .​
So keep it​ nicely spaced.
When you are ready to​ finally print this resume,​ make sure not to​ get cheap on​ the​ paper it’s printed on,​ or​ the​ way it​ is​ printed .​
Use a​ laser printer when printing your resume up,​ and make sure it’s on​ crisp thicker stock paper that doesn’t have any blemishes or​ folds .​
Make sure to​ have at​ least 20lb stock .​
Outputting to​ a​ laser printer will ensure the​ darkest text,​ and that it​ won’t bleed or​ smear .​
Inkjets just don’t cut it​ for this task.
In the​ end,​ make sure you keep it​ simple and to​ the​ point .​
Don’t add what you don’t need to​ for the​ sake of​ making you look busy or​ important .​
Just add what is​ necessary to​ reflect the​ important aspects that will make yourself a​ good fit for that company .​
Give the​ resume room to​ breathe,​ and don’t skimp out on​ the​ printing process .​
Follow these simple guidelines,​ and you’ll be well on​ your way creating to​ a​ rock solid resume,​ and a​ strong impression on​ employers as​ well.




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