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  • The Employer's Bottom Line About Resumes

    How to Make a Great First Impression


    Your resume has to sell the reader in the top half.


    Your "Summary of Qualifications" should be stated simply with a particular career/job in mind.


    Your strongest skills should be listed in the beginning.


    If education is a strong asset, list it first; otherwise wait.


    The position titles and companies should be easy to pick out.


    The resume should be written with the employer in mind.


    Tailor your resume to the kind of job(s) you are looking for.


    If possible, match your qualifications to those listed in the ad or job description.


    Your accomplishments should stand out.


    The employer should be able to determine your accomplishments easily when reading work history.


    Avoid using long paragraphs.


    Your resume should have eye appeal.


    It should look clean and professional.


    Check for spelling errors.


    Stick to one page (two at most!).


    What employers look for when reading a resume.


    Are there sufficient years or level of experience?


    Is work experience appropriate?


    Are there gaps in work history?


    Is resume neat and orderly?


    Does applicant have transferable skills?


    How does applicant compare with others under consideration?


    A Few Resume Do's and Don'ts




    Be explicit; use action verbs.

    Make it one page and never more than two pages.

    Select proper format for you.

    Use direct, simple English.

    Do it yourself! Get input from others, but you know yourself best.



    Don't list hobbies, unless related to work.

    Don't list references.

    Don't list salary requirements or past salaries.

    Don't give reasons for leaving.

    Don't list personal information such as age, sex, weight, height, marital status, or number of children.

    Don't attach a photo.

    Go to Table of ContentsWhat is a Resume?, Action Words for ResumesSample Resumes for All OccasionsCover Letters, and Filling Out Application Forms.

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