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Resume Writing Tips - 2

Posted on: Tuesday, 11 October 2016

6.) Be positive

Above all in your resume and interview – you must be positive. Leave out negatives and irrelevant points. If you feel your graduation date will subject you to age discrimination, leave it out of your resume. If you do some duties in your current job that don’t support your job search objective, don’t include them. Focus on the duties that do support your objective, and leave off irrelevant personal information like your race, weight, and height.

7.) White space is important

Ad Design 101 – White space is important. Open up the newspaper, and take note of which ads first catch your attention. Are they the ads that are jammed full of text or are they ads that have a large amount of unused space (“white space”). This is done to grab your attention, as readers are always attracted to open areas. So don’t worry if you are having a hard time filling the page with text; consider increasing leading or kerning to align text to fit the page layout.

8.) Formatting Guidelines

How long should my resume be? What size font should I use? – The font size should be no smaller than 10 point, standard serif or sans serif fonts. Don’t use intricate fonts that are hard to read. Keeping your fonts standard will help combat conversion issues from PC to MAC and from one program version to another. The length of your resume should be 1-2 pages. Yes, you read correctly; you can use more than one page. But remember, keep it concise. It’s ok to use two pages for your resume, however it is not necessary.

9.) Get 3rd Party Advice

Ask a friend, and get an outside opinion on your resume before sending it off. – Have a friend or resume free services review your resume. Since you are so close to your situation, it can be difficult for you to note all your high points and clearly convey all your accomplishments. Having someone subjectively review your resume can give you insight into how others will view your personal marketing materials – would your resume impress them? If not, why? Don’t settle for – “it’s good”, and encourage them to ask questions. The questions of the reader can help you to discover items you inadvertently left off your resume. Take their comments into consideration, and revise your resume accordingly. In addition to adding in missed items, their questions can also point to items on your resume that are confusing to the reader.

10.) Start Applying

OK, you’re ready! Apply for jobs that appear to be above your qualifications, apply to positions that are a match, and apply to positions which may be below your level. Why? Perhaps the position below will turn out to be more than it appeared once you interview for them. Or perhaps once you have your foot in the door you can learn of other opportunities. If nothing else, interviewing more and more will increase your interviewing skills. Like anything else, repetition will decrease your nervousness, and increase your skills at attacking tough questions.

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