Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Superior Resume Writing

It is important to remember that your resume is an advertisement for you! It should be a true picture of you - your skills, achievements and abilities. Most resumes upon first glance are given an average of 10-20 seconds to make an impression. It is important for your resume to be focused, clearly stated and eye appealing.

Correct grammar, punctuation and spelling are crucial. Take time to carefully proofread your resume and have at least two other individuals provide insight and constructive criticism. Resume writing often requires hours and hours of preparation to convey the depth of your personality, skills and abilities, using the most succinct, effective wording.

Resume Appearance
Paper Color Choose traditional, conservative colors such as white, off-white, ivory or cream. This allows for ease of copying and scanning.
Paper Texture Select a nice grade/weight of paper (such as bond, linen or cotton weave) for your resume, cover letters, thank you letters and envelopes.
Paper Size Always use traditional 8 1/2" x 11" paper.
Text Color Always use black print. Avoid multicolor inks which may make your resume appear unprofessional and be detrimental to copying and scanning efforts.
Text Font Use an easy-to-read font (Times New Roman, CG Times, Arial or Tahoma) in a 10-12 point size.
Bolding Bold key words and quantifying elements of your experience to ensure they are identified by the reader.
White Space Make appropriate use of white space to focus the reader's eye on the substance of your resume. You don't want them to be distracted by the number of words per square inch.