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Resume Recommendations

Your job search is in full swing, but is your resume getting noticed, or getting passed over? Savvy job searchers know that a well-written resume is key to landing that big interview. Take time to properly format and review your resume. In doing so, you're one step closer to your next dream job!

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Resume Formatting Tips

Do:
  • Condense your resume to one page.
  • Set your margins at approximately 1 to 1.5 inches.
  • Use a font size between 10 and 12 point.
  • Use a single, conservative font such as Times New Roman or Arial.
  • Use bold lettering and italics sparingly, so they do not lose impact.
  • Include your name, address, phone number, and email address at the top of your resume.
  • Separate sections with white space versus dashes and dots.
  • Use round bullet points as a simple and clean way to present your information.
  • Use Microsoft Word.
  • Utilize the many free resources, such as your local library, the Internet, and staffing and placement services such as ours who can help you craft a winning resume.
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Win Them Over With Your Resume

How to list your work history or professional experience.
  • Start with your current or most recent position and list your job experience chronologically. Take every opportunity to emphasize your skills and accomplishments.
  • Include measurable results, such as figures and percentages to present your accomplishments.
  • Lead with the outcome you achieved before stating the problem and action.
  • Use strong, descriptive power words.
Summarize your education at the end of the resume.
  • List your highest degree first, followed by lesser degrees, certifications, and relevant coursework.
  • List any honors you received or honor societies you joined.
  • Include any professional organizations you belong to, but only if they are relevant and enhance your profile. List any positions held.
Don't include:
  • Hobbies
  • Personal information
  • Political or religious affiliations
  • "References upon request" as it is obvious that if you want the job, you will supply them
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Proofing

  • Run spell check on the document before you print.
  • Ask at least one qualified individual to read your finished product as an objective critique. They should look at the overall content and search for typos and grammatical problems.

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