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