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How to prepare a good resume

How to prepare a good resume
A resume should contain brief but sufficient information to tell a prospective employer:

This is the only format with a stated objective. Without past job experience, this is essential since the employer needs to know your career aim. Otherwise, avoid stating an objective unless you know what position the employer is trying to fill.

For example:
Name
Address

E-mail id
Contact number
  • OBJECTIVE:
  • EDUCATION:
  • SKILLS:
  • WORK :
  • EXPERIENCE:
  1. Limit your resume to one or two pages.
  2. Don’t cram three pages of information onto two.
  3. If you have two page resume, add continued… at the bottom of the first page
  4. Use a serif typeface.
  5. Stick to traditional typefaces.
  6. Select a readable size.
  7. Don’t mix type faces.
  8. Highlight with boldface type.
  9. Use all-caps and underlining for section heads only
  10. Avoid italic type.
  11. Use generous margins.
  12. Use “ragged right” layout.
  13. Avoid hyphens.
  14. Single-space between the lines of each listing
  15. Use bullets to highlight accomplishments.
  16. Keep bulleted items to two or three lines of copy.
  17. Keep paragraph length to no more than four or five lines.
  18. Use a short line length.
  19. Keep it simple.
  20. Find the look that fits you.
Part of the Resume:

Heading: Be sure to place your name, your current address, and your current phone number at the top of the page. Make it easy for an employer to reach you. Note: If you are away from home much of the time, you might want to list an alternate number.

Objectives: It is wise to have an objective. The employer needs to know what position you are seeking. You do not need to explain your long-term objective; he is only interested (as far as the resume is concerned) in what you want to do at the present. Objectives should be short and to the point.

Do: I am looking for a position of responsibility in the printing industry, utilizing training and “hands-on” experience in photo typesetting and camera-ready layout.

Don't Do: A management or supervisory position where the ability to conceptualize and follow through on new or existing programs is needed, as well as a position with growth and upward mobility that would utilize maximum potential. This is too general or flowery. (What does this person really want to do?)

Work Experience:
When describing what you did on previous jobs, use action words (like Accepted ,Accomplished, Accounted for, Achieved, Acquired, Acted, Adapted, Addressed, Adjusted, Administered, Advised, Advocated, Allocated, Analyzed, Applied, Appointed, Appraised, Approved, Arbitrated, etc.). Describe job duties and skills - not just job title. If you have done something in a previous job that relates in any way to your objective, be sure to include this. Point out your strongest experience first. Be sure to mention any jobs where you can say that you made specific “accomplishments” in your position. Be sure to mention any jobs where you can say that you made specific “accomplishments” in your position.

If you have had little work experience in your filed, but do have the training for this kind of position, put down Education first. If you have work experience in this field, but so far, little training, put Work Experience first.

Education: Under education, do not just state that you have graduated from Columbus State Community College in your technology. List some courses you have taken that will show the employer that you have knowledge about this field. If applicable to your technology, list machines you can use, skills you have acquired, languages you have studied. Be sure to list any other training (other than-Columbus State Community College) that you may also have had in this field.

Salary: Do not mention salary - either from previous employment or from expectations for your new position.

Volunteer: Remember to include volunteer work in the general area of your field. Extensive hobby work in your area can also build up your credibility. Be sure to include co-ops, internships, or field experiences. Experience is experience, paid or not.

Personal: Listing your personal information such as birth date, marital status, etc., is sometimes beneficial, sometimes not. This is definitely a personal preference. However, for most positions, no one will care about the color of your hair, your eyes, etc.

References: It is generally acceptable to simply put “References available upon request”. If you list names, etc., some of your references may move, quit jobs, etc., and you will have to do the resume all over again. An alternative to listing references on the resume is to have them on a separate sheet of paper, and take this sheet to your interview.

Sample Curriculum Vitae Template

CONTACT INFORMATION
Name
Address
Telephone
Cell Phone
Email

PERSONAL INFORMATION
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Citizenship
Visa Status
Sex
Optional Personal Information:
Marital Status
Spouse's Name
Children


EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
List in chronological order, include position details and dates

Work History
Academic Positions
Research and Training

EDUCATION
Include dates, majors, and details of degrees, training and certification

High School
University
Graduate School
Post-Doctoral Training



PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
Certifications and Accreditation
Computer Skills


AWARDS

PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

INTERESTS