resume to capture the attention of a prospective employer, stimulate
interest and get you an interview.
- Produce a professional looking product—computer generated or
professionally printed, organized and easy to read. You want to make an
immediate favorable impression.
on good quality white, off-white or light gray paper.
- Proofread, use spell check and correct all grammatical errors—we
cannot stress this point more strongly.
several friends or colleagues to proofread and comment on your resume.
conservative in your use of underlining, capitalization, fancy type,
italicizing and bolding. Keep your presentation simple and easy to read.
- Include personal contact information (name, address, phone
number, email and fax number), a clear objective, experience (company
name and location, dates employed, skills, responsibilities,
achievements, etc.), industry associations and education.
- Detail your responsibilities and use industry buzzwords to catch
the employer's attention. Indicate skills and training that are relevant
to your job search, for instance: software/systems experience,
particular management techniques practiced, personnel supervisory
positive, action oriented words to describe your accomplishments.
- Attach specific dollar amounts, percentages or numbers to your
accomplishments and achievements.
not include references—list them on a separate piece of paper and submit
them when asked.
not include personal information such as height, weight, age and marital
your resume to two pages. (Yes, it can be done!)
- Include a personalized cover letter that summarizes your skills
and experience, your interest in the position, salary requirements and
contact information. Make sure your cover letter is enthusiastic and to