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Resume Rules to the Rescue

In this competitive world how does one stand out to an employer to get that nice plush office overlooking the beach? Well, the first step is getting your résumé in shape. There are a few small steps to take when writing a résumé, so you can let yourself shine when presenting it to an employer. It is important to be creative but stay professional at the same time.

A résumé describes your education, your past work experience, your achievements, and your current objectives. Here is how you should present your information along with a few more necessary items that should always be displayed in your résumé:

  • A heading: This is where your name and contact information should be placed.
     
  • Below the heading should be your objective along with your future career goals and personal profile. Your objective should be no longer than two short sentences describing how you and your skills can contribute to the position you’re applying for.
     
  • Then there is the body of your résumé. This should include your past career experience, education, achievements, and your references.
     
  • Your career experience should be listed with your most recent job first. It should include the dates you were employed, the address of the company, your job title and your responsibilities.
     
  • Your education information should include the degrees you have acquired along with any other professional certificates. Refrain from listing your GPA unless it exceeds a 3.5.
     
  • Volunteer work can also be mentioned in the body of the résumé. This can show your dedication to your community and teamwork skills.
     
  • Double check for spelling errors and grammar. If there are errors in your résumé it will seem you are unprofessional and lazy. You want to show that you took the time to review your résumé. This will show that you are serious about making a good impression on your employer.
     
  • Use a common 12-point font such as Times New Roman. You should refrain from using colors other than black or dark blue.
     
  • This can change depending on the type of position you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for a graphic design position, you would want to be more creative to show off your talents.
     
  • Your résumé should include a cover letter and no more than two pages of information. Too much information will lose the attention of the employer. You want to keep it short and sweet.
     
  • Use bullets when listing material in your résumé. This will help make it more reader friendly. When using bullets it is best to stay consistent with the bullet design.
     
  • Keep a sharp focus throughout. This will help the employer recognize how you can contribute to their business.

Use your résumé as a tool to grab the reader’s attention. The more powerful the résumé is, the more powerful the position will be that you will obtain.