Вы находитесь на странице: 1из 3

A good resume cannot get you a job, but a bad resume can prevent you from getting your

foot in the door. We believe the best way to explain the new "rules" of resume writing is to explain what you should always do and what you should never do. You can also review tips on creating an internet-ready resume. The new rules for better resumes start with the fact that there are fewer rules. There's an opportunity for some creativity, but not for gimmicks. What works today is a conservative style and a focus on key achievements -- especially those that are of particular interest to the potential employer. Remember, what interests one employer, for example -- a legal secretary, may not interest another employer hiring a case clerk. That's why it is essential that people who qualify for several different jobs (and many do) have several different resumes. All resumes should be accurate and truthful, but each should highlight different strengths as they relate to the job opening. Obtaining a better job today has become more competitive than in the '70s and '80s. And this competitiveness will continue as better positions require more specialized skills. Since the resume is a primary tool in obtaining more attractive positions, extra time spent on its preparation is a good investment. In fact, some astute people constantly update their resumes. ALWAYS Update your resume as you approach completion of each temporary assignment. Use "bullet" format where appropriate. Use conventional English. Stay away from multi-syllable words when a oneor two-syllable word is clearer. Use short paragraphs -- preferably no longer than five lines. Make sure the resume and the cover letter are error-free. Proofread, and have others proofread for you too. Rewrite a resume for a specific position with a specific company. It's extra work but may very well pay off. Include your significant contributions at each one of your jobs. Allow the most space for the positions that are most relevant to the position you are applying for. List your activity with professional, trade and civic associations -- but only if they are appropriate. Keep a permanent file of your achievements, no matter how inconsequential they may appear to be. This is the basis for a good resume. Give each of your references a copy of your resume. Re-read your resume before every interview -- chances are the interviewer did just that, too. Send your resume in the most timely manner possible. Fax or e-mail your resume whenever possible.

NEVER Give reasons for termination or leaving a job. In almost all cases, the reader can find negative connotations to even the best explanation. List hobbies, sports and social activities. Include in your experience technologies for which you have no work experience. State "References Available on Request." It's assumed, and only clutters up the resume. Other things to leave out include your Social Security number, your spouse's occupation and your personal philosophies. List references on the resume. Use exact dates. Months and years are sufficient. Include the date your resume was prepared. If your search takes longer then a few months, the resume will appear outdated. Include your company phone number unless your immediate boss is aware of your departure. Include your height, weight or remarks about your physical appearance or health. List your high school or grammar school if you're a college graduate. State your objectives on your resume unless the resume is targeted to that position or occupation. Use professional jargon unless you're sure the resume will be read by someone who understands the buzz-words. Use the so-called "action words" like sparked, accelerated and streamlined. They're passe. Provide salary information on the resume. Save it for the interview. If you are required to give that information, reveal it in the cover letter. Lie.

ASCII RESUMES We've all become so used to the advanced features of our word processing packages, that creating any kind of ASCII file may seem to be a simple task. However, judging by the quality of some of the resumes we get, there is some definite room for education on a few fine points. Use the following guidelines when creating your ASCII resume... Line Length - The most common mistake people make is assuming that the recipient of the resume has the same line length set in their text editor. Line lengths in excess of 80 characters have a very good chance of wrapping the line prematurely, creating an annoying double-spaced window. Tip: If you're using Word for Windows, use 10 point Courier and set the page width at 4 3/4. Be sure to save the file as "Text with Line Breaks". Put a hard return at the end of each line. This will make your line length bullet-proof. Vertical Alignment - The second most common mistake is to assume that your resume will appear with the same vertical alignment it has on your home system. Vertical alignment is achieved by using an equal number of spaces from the left-hand margin.

Tip: Be sure to convert all the text in your resume to 10 point Courier or another suitable fixed-width font. Proportional fonts like Helvetica or Arial have different widths for different characters (you'll never get things lined up with these fonts). Using spaces with the correct line length (see above) will make things line up properly. Other Issues - If your resume design depends on columns, bullets or bitmapped graphics, you may want to consider a simpler layout for sending via the Internet. Consider this a creative challenge and take advantage of suitable ASCII characters like dashes (-), asterisks (*), and arrows (>).