When you are applying for positions in different companies or for different jobs in the same company, you must alter your resume to fit each case. Because reviewers take only a short time to read or scan your resume, the information relevant for them must be accessible easily and quickly. They won't search for your strong points. You must spotlight them.
Regardless of the resume type or template (see thread #1 on "Make This Your First Stop") you use, there is a set of resume characteristics that most recruiters will look for. Following these can get you past that crucial "first cut."
Basic Resume Guidelines
0 Provide a visually appealing format
0 Reduce information to prevent overload and clutter
0 Use parallel headings and bullets for emphasis and clarity.
0 Limit to one page if requested.
0 Make it unique. Find a way (see below) to highlight your special abilities
in relation to the specific job you're applying for.
Be sure to vary the order of your resume's sections according to the job you are seeking. Ditto for the names of those sections: Vary what you called the section ("Experience" vs. "Career Background") depending upon the job you are applying for and your personal information. For example, a section entitled "Experience" would allow you to bring in non-career activities such as volunteer experience. Also keep in mind that many company specific job boards require you to use the section names provided to you.
Use your full name, not a nickname or initials, unless you have a good reason not to.
If you need to include two addresses to insure someone can make contact with you, do so. Include dates, if necessary, and all possible contact information: phones, email, and fax numbers if you have them. If you have a web page, make sure that it looks professional and fits the standards expected in your field. Do not include a present work address. Doing so can be potentially embarrassing for you, your present and potential employers--as well as possibly cost you a job you are otherwise qualified for.
The popularity of this form of communication requires some special attention to it. Now is a good time to take advantage of the many free email services available today and set up an account dedicated to your job search. Also, find an email service that will allow you to use your name in a recognizable way without a puzzle of numbers or other characters attached to it. You want plain and professional. This is also the time to ditch clever, descriptive handles such as: "SweetLover127" or "MatrixFan0101."
|Madeline Denise Kane|
The statement of a career objective is not required on all resumes. If one is required, be sure that you label it "Career Objective" if you can and place it immediately below your name and address section. Limit the objective to one to three lines that describes the position you are applying for and summarizes your qualifications for that position. Again, this is a section of your resume that should change according to the job you are applying for. Whether you choose to write the objective in sentence or phrase format, follow these guidelines:
|Guidelines for Statement of Career Objective|
| 0 Word the objective
according to the job you are applying for with this resume.
0 Mention only the experience, skills and education that address the requirements of this particular position.
0 Include the exact job title as found in the job listing.
0 Do not say what you want ("to learn" or "to gain experience"). Emphasize what you can do for the company.
0 Be specific:
Too General: A position using my skills and experience in communication.
More Specific: An assistant editor position allowing me to use my skills and experience as award-winning researcher,
copyeditor and feature writer.
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of Maryland University College
Bachelor of Arts, May 2008
Bachelor of Arts in Communications, May 2006, University of Maryland University College, GPA: 3.7/4.0
on the position you are apply for, you may want to list some
upper-level courses you've taken
that are particularly relevant, or you might
list special courses that are different from those everyone in your
take, especially capstone seminars, senior theses, or honors courses in
which you completed special projects. If appropriate, indicate
computer programming languages you know and computer applications you
Savannah Magazine, Savannah, GA, Summer 2007