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Resume Pointers

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"Most resumes are initially read for 15 seconds or less"
(Cited from www.cdm.uwaterloo.ca)


A good resume will open doors for you. When creating your resume factor in the following: intention, style, content and neatness


Intent:

  • to convince the reader that you are the excellent candidate to be interviewed
  • to present a snapshot of your relevant experience points that match the position applied for
  • to reveal honesty, integrity and excellent work ethics
  • to establish worth and value. Send an original resume;you are worth it and the prospective employer values your respect.

Style:

  • every position contains a "work culture". Create a resume that reflects or mirrors the type of position applied for. (E.g. A Graphics Artist's resume will look different than that of a Computer Programmer's resume).
  • decide whether to use a Chronological, Functional or Chrono-Functional resume. What best suits you?
  • target or tailor your resume. No tricks!
  • remember the "white space" code. Organize or structure your resume so that it is clutter-free and easy to read.
  • present a clean, concise, clearly written and error-free resume
  • use action words to describe your experience (i.e. Created, developed, managed).

Content:

  • should include at the beginning of the resume, a short-list of your experiences, qualifications, skills etc., under such headings as Summary of Experience, Highlights, Career Profile, etc.
  • should reveal who you are, your achievements, accomplishments, experience, education, awards/certificates and other related experience.
  • should be up-to-date
  • should have your work experience in order with the most relevant first
  • should be brief and get right at the heart of the matter
  • should be written in a tone that reveals to the reader your enthusiasm, energy, commitment, innovation and motivation.
  • should emphasize your accomplishments and achievements. The resume is not a place to be shy about your past achievements.

Neatness:

  • a neat, clean and orderly resume speaks many words.
  • avoid an excess of different font styles, bold, underline etc.
  • word-process your resume unless otherwise directed.
  • have someone review your resume before submitting it to the employer.
  • ensure your resume is computer friendly.

Resume Do's and Don'ts
Resume Do's:
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Do make sure your resume is easy to read - use concise unambiguous points.
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Do stress your past accomplishments, achievements and experience.
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Do target or tailor your resume to meet the requirements.
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Do be honest and truthful.
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Do make sure your resume is neat, clean and orderly, preferable word-processed unless otherwise indicated.
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Do keep the overall length of the resume reasonable; no more than two pages in most cases.
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Do keep your resume up-to-date.
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Do have someone proofread your resume to make sure it is absolutely error free.
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Do submit an original to the employer. Keep copies for yourself.

Resume Don'ts:
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Don't print your resume on inexpensive copy paper, use quality paper.
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Don't copy the job description for the position you are seeking.
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Don't include information not related to the job you are applying for.
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Don't include personal information in your resume.
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Don't list every job you have had. (However, don't discount relevant experience; put it under the subtitle of Other Related Experience.)
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Don't state the reasons why you left each job on your resume.
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Don't apply for positions you are not qualified for.
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Don't include references. (Only provide references when requested.)

What goes into your resume has to be very compelling.
A good resume will open doors for you.

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