Resumes give employers a critical first impression of you. A well-written resume cannot guarantee you a job; but a poorly written one can take you out of the running. Proofreading your resume and keeping your resume up to date are important toward gaining the career opportunity you are seeking.
- Express your interest and explain clearly why your skills and experience are a good fit for the position.
- Keep sentences and paragraphs short.
- Take advantage of your computer’s spell check function, then proofread carefully. Ask a friend to proofread your resume as well.
- Prepare a reverse chronological resume, if possible, by beginning with your most recent job.
- Always use bulleted statements, not paragraphs, to describe your job duties.
- Be accurate and truthful.
- Summarize the technologies, including hardware, software and databases that you have used in your career.
- Always focus your resume on your experience and education including activities with professional, trade and civic associations and special skills you have developed if they relate to the job opportunity.
- Don’t use “I” in any part of the resume.
- Always avoid long sentences.
- Don’t include an objective on your resume unless it’s written specifically with the job opening in mind.
- Keep your resume to one page if at all possible.
- Don’t give reasons for leaving a job.
- Don’t include personal information unrelated to your work experience and/or education.
- Don’t list references or state: “References available on request.” The interviewer will assume that you will provide these contacts when asked.
- Don’t list your high school education if you’re a college graduate.
- Don’t provide salary information in the resume. Either include this information in the cover letter, if requested by the potential employer, or wait to discuss it in the interview.
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