Best Resume for the Job

Wait, before you send that resume out I have a question for you. Are you putting your best foot forward? Your resume is the first thing that employers use to judge if you would be a good fit to their company. This one piece of paper could mean the next step to a fulfilling career or you waiting at home for a call that will never come. Therefore make sure that you are portraying yourself in the best light by following these common rules.

If you have these on your resume remove them now.

  • Personal details: U.S. resumes should not list your age, gender, religion, political affiliation, marital status or social security number. Only consider that information in a resume you are sending internationally.
  • Photos: While inclusion of a photo is the norm in certain international settings, it should not be used on a CV or resume intended for a U.S. audience.
  • Salary information: Don’t include salary expectations or salary history on the resume.
  • Hours for part-time work: If you worked part-time, it is not necessary to include the number of hours worked per week.
  • “References Available Upon Request.” This went out of fashion some time ago, and employers will ask for references if they want them.

Is your resume legible?

  • Use white or light-colored 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper.
  • Choose a standard 10 – 14 point font type an easy-to-read font such as Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri, Cambria, or Garamond. 
  • Keep name, address and phone numbers on separate lines.
  • Use ample white space to separate sections of your resume.
  • Don’t use italics, underlining boxes, shading, graphics, hollow bullets or other design features.
  • You may use ALL CAPS or a boldface type to indicate section headings.
  • Use industry-related terms. The more keywords that you match, the better your chances will be.
  • Be sure to print only on one side. Use a laser or high-quality Inkjet printer.
  • If you are a more experienced candidate, be sure that your name is at the top of the second page.
  • Do not fold or staple the document.

Know how to submit your resume.

Many organizations maintain databases of potential employees where you can scan resume, if this is the company format please use that medium.  Other firms use online databanks like careerbuilder.com or Monster.com, which stores information about job seekers. Whichever way your potential employer likes to get their employees that is the format you must follow.

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