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  • 1. Jessica Levene March 24, 2009
  • 2.
    • Your résumé is never “complete”
      • It should be a living document that changes with you
    • Review/Update about 4 times per year
    • Add new items immediately
      • When you are given new responsibilities at a job
      • When you complete a project
      • When you win an award/scholarship
      • When you earn a degree
  • 3.
    • Résumés serve many purposes
      • Applications for grants/scholarships
      • Applications for jobs
      • Application for colleges/programs
      • Record of year’s accomplishments at promotion or annual review time
  • 4.
    • Avoid using email addresses [email_address] or [email_address]
      • Create a simple email address with your name in it if possible
    • Layout should be simple
      • Avoid the use of different fonts
    • Layout should look like a table or chart (with invisible grid lines)
    • Bullets or paragraphs? You choose-but keep it concise and consistent
  • 5.
    • Resumes are usually 1 page
      • If more than 1 page, a CV is usually needed
    • Name and contact information
      • Name should be 14-16pt font
    • Objective
    • Education
    • Work Experience
    • Memberships
  • 6.
    • Awards/Honors
    • Coursework/Academic Projects
    • Volunteer Work
      • Make sure you include ALL interests-embrace diversity
    • Professional Development
    • Skills
      • Computer? Be specific which programs/software.
      • Writing?
      • Languages?
    • Certificates/Licenses
    • Publications
  • 7.
    • Do use correct spelling
    • Don’t overuse punctuation
    • Do highlight your hobbies and interests if relevant
    • Don’t add meaningless statements, such as “Enjoys working with people.”
    • Do stay consistent with underlining , italicizing , and bolding
    • Don’t use a template or different fonts
      • Times New Roman or Arial are suggested
  • 8.
    • Wordiness is a common problem with resumes
      • Choose specific verbs to describe responsibilities
    • Stop and ask yourself, “Is this obvious?”
      • Clarify the specific responsibilities that make you different and more qualified
      • Omit general statements, such as “General office duties”
    • Don’t assume
      • When in doubt-spell it out! Avoid abbreviations
  • 9.
    • When you procrastinate you are likely to:
      • Forget crucial items
      • Waste time looking up dates, facts, figures, etc.
      • You’ll be stressed and unable to revise it
    • Keep a Master Résumé
      • Every job may require you to modify your résumé
        • Keep a résumé saved in your computer that includes EVERYTHING you have accomplished
        • Change your résumé for specific jobs and save it under a new name
  • 10. Invest in Your Future!