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Featured Article: The Do’s and Don’ts for Resumes
By Marie Raperto, from IABC.com

The Do’s For Resumes

  • Keep it simple and easy to read. Do not overuse bold or italic lettering. When sending via e-mail, remember everyone may not have the same equipment/programs that you do.
  • Make sure your format is consistent and that your grammar is perfect. No typos!
  • Use bullet points instead of lengthy paragraphs.
  • If you have less than five years work experience, limit your resume to one page.
  • Unless you have many years experience, do not use an objective/summary.
  • If you are applying for your first job, put your education first. Otherwise, experience precedes education.
  • List the school, the type of degree, the year you graduated and your major/minor. Do not list your courses or GPA. If you have not graduated, list the anticipated graduation date.
  • Most recent employment goes first. List the name of the company, a short description of the company, the city and state, the position/title held, and the dates (month and year).
  • State your responsibilities in a thorough and concise manner.
  • If you worked at a PR agency, highlight the clients/products you worked on.
  • List promotion and dates for each position.
  • Include professional organization/association memberships and any positions you held. List your professional accomplishments – awards, certifications, honors etc.
  • List the experience you have with various software programs, on- line services.
  • Have your references available, if asked for them. Do not include them on the resume.

The Don’ts For Resumes

  • Don’t include a photo of yourself.
  • Never include any personal information – height, weight, age.
  • Don’t exclude information such as dates, titles.
  • Never hand write any information on your resume.
  • Don’t send your resume to more than one person at a firm/division.
  • Don’t e-mail your resume followed by a fax and hard copy. Send one resume, one way and follow up to see if it was received.
  • Don’t use colored paper – it doesn’t scan or fax well.
  • Don’t send a gift/toy with your resume.
  • Never lie about anything on your resume.

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