34 Resume Random
- Use the name you wish to be
called. (If your name is Robert and
you go by Bob...use Bob!)
- Your contact details should
appear at the top of the resume...NOT in a text box. Text boxes have been known to make your contact details disappear!
- Yes, include your phone number
and email address.
- Your home address does not have
- Use a professional email
address. (firstname.lastname@example.org would be an example of what
not to do!!) Ideally use your first and last name.
- Those long lists of carefully
selected words to describe you and your key attributes...rarely, if ever
- Have month - year start and end
dates for every role. You will be
asked for them during an interview, so best to be prepared ahead of time
and put them on your resume.
- Go back 10 years or to High
- After 10 years, start thinking
about leaving off the dates for high school. High school graduation date just tells
everyone how old you are!
- Athletic achievements should be
included! I have Clients who will
put a competitive athlete at the top of their interview list! It tells us a lot of about you!
- Volunteer involvement in
clubs/societies should be included!
- Include awards and
scholarships. Yes, a resume is a
place to brag about achievements!
- If you worked while in school
include it! Someone who has been
able to balance academics, athletics, volunteering and working while
attending school tells me that you are a star at prioritizing and managing
a high workload! I would absolutely
want to see you for an interview!
- If you are new to your career -
one page is ok. If you are not new to your career, your
resume should be 2 pages, three tops!
- Use a font other than Times New
Roman. We see hundreds of resumes a day that
look exactly the same. Picking a
different font is a subtle way to make your resume stand out!
- Microsoft resume templates are
over used! Your resume will then
just blend into the thousands of others that look just like yours!
- Anything under a 10 font is too
small and over 12 is just yelling! Never a good idea to yell at the
- Dates should appear down the
right hand side. Again, month and
- Company name should appear on
the left in bold followed with the Position title beside or under.
- Categories: Employment History, Education, Extra
- If you include "Interests“ -
try to make it interesting!
- References - do not include on
your resume. You need to know when
and who is calling your references.
So, keep them tucked away until then!
- Your gorgeous face...should
never be on your resume.
- Must be chronological - most
recent first and work backwards.
- Indicate if your diploma/degree
- Think of your resume as key
- Know that your resume gets
about 10 seconds. Make your 10
- Send in a Word format (not WPS
- Never include your SIN, Marital
status, number of children, age or medical conditions.
- Use a proper footer for your
name and page number...better yet, include your contact details there too!
- Use spell check!! Use real words. Grammar counts.
- Know the difference between: there, their, and they're.
- Cover letters rarely get read,
unless they are specifically requested.
less about what you did and more about what you achieved.
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