How to Write a Resume
No matter what method of job
hunting you use, inevitably somebody will ask you for a resume. Most companies
require a resume before seriously considering a job candidate from the outside.
Resumes are sometimes also required in order to receive a job transfer within a
The purpose of a resume is to
help you obtain a job interview, not a job. Very few people are hired without a
Effective resumes are
straightforward, factual presentations of a person's experience and
accomplishments. They are neither over detailed nor too sketchy. A general rule
is that two or three pages in length is best.
One page seems too
superficial; a four-page (or longer) resume may irritate an impatient
employment official. Some writers suggest that a chronological (the
standard-type) resume be used; others argue for an accomplishment resume. A
useful resume should include both your experiences and key accomplishments.
When sent to a prospective employer, a resume should be professionally
reproduced, with particular attention to misspellings, typographical errors,
and careful spacing.
To attract attention, some job
seekers print resumes on tinted paper, in a menu-like folder, or on
unusual-sized paper. If done in a way to attract positive attention to yourself,
these approaches have merit.