Resumes Dos and Donts<br />BS 150: Business Writing<br />
DO Be Honest <br />Include the specific months and years of your employment<br />Just including the years raises a red flag with hiring managers<br />Explain your gaps in employment note; denote them as “personal sabbatical” but indicate what you did during that time <br />
DON’T Brag <br />State the hard facts that illustrate your success but stay away from proclaiming yourself the hottest thing since sliced bread <br />
DO Tailor EACH Resume to the Specific Position <br />The resume is the snapshot of what you bring to the table; the cover letter sells you for the interview<br />The resume tells the recruiter or hiring manager why they should read the cover letter<br />No cookie cutter resumes<br />Each resume should be tailored to the specific job you’re looking to acquire <br />
DON’T Pad Your Resume with Meaningless Content <br />Don’t put college/high school activities or activities that are older than 7 years old on your resume<br />You want up-to-date, job-relevant experiences in your resume <br />
Keep the Fonts Simple<br />Use simple fonts like Arial, Times New Roman, or Georgia<br />Don’t use fancy fonts that are hard to read<br />Keep the margins between .5” and 1.0” all the way around <br />
DON’T Underestimate the Importance of Details <br />No typos in your resume<br />Be sure to include your contact phone number, mailing address, and email address<br />Always come to an interview prepared with a reference sheet <br />
How to Amp Up Your Resume<br />Ways to Amp up the Resume<br />How to Amp up the Resume (cont’d) <br />Include a profile rather than an objective <br />Indicate what you’ve accomplished, not simply what you CAN do <br />Put an emphasis on your continuous learning through seminars, workshops, etc. <br />Do not include EVERYTHING; this is a snapshot, not a biography <br />Take off “References available upon request” <br />Send your resume to a SPECIFIC person via mail rather than email (which can be spammed out) <br />Get out and network w/ people; don’t spend all your time on Monster (less than 5% of job seekers find employment through them) <br />
How to Amp Up Your Cover Letter <br />How to Amp Up Your Cover Letter<br />How to Amp Up Your Cover Letter (cont’d)<br />A cover letter tells the employer who you are and why you’re interested in working for them<br />Find out what’s going on in the company and connect your qualifications to that <br />Intertwine a personal story or two to illustrate your qualifications <br />A resume and cover letter are two separate documents<br />Don’t rehash one on the other <br />Give the reader your track record and let them draw their own conclusions <br />
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