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When writing a résumé:

  • I use Times New Roman

  • It’s easy for the reader to read

  • HR Recruiters like it

  • Most people reviewing resumes spend about 20-30- seconds scanning a résumé.  So you want to highlight your strengths and qualifications at the beginning of your résumé.  I use a lot of bullets and short statements to do this.

  • At the top of your page I center the following information: name, address, city, state & zip, telephone numbers (put your cell phone number first and then your home telephone number second) (It’s not necessary to put (Mobile) or (Home) before the numbers).  Then email address. 

Susie Q. Adams                      Bold and 14 pt.

1234 County Road 56                        Bold and 12 or 11 pt.

Rainsville, Alabama 35986                Bold and 12 or 11 pt.             

256-123-4567 or 256-987-6543          Bold and 12 or 11 pt.

adamss1230@nacc.edu                     Bold and 12 or 11 pt.

  • I usually use the following order for headings and sections of the résumé.   Objective, Qualifications, Experience, Education, and then Honors, Activities, and Extracurricular.  (You may not use all the last three headings, you may choose to link that information in one or two of them and that’s fine). 

  • I bold your name and use 14 point

  • I use 1 word headings and I bold them

  • I use 12 point or 11 point for everything else in your resume

  • One page resumes are best! 

  • It’s not necessary to put (References Available) at the bottom of your résumé.  I use the whole page to highlight your skills and qualifications. 

  • I do type a separate page of References to give to potential employers if asked for them. 

  • If I am very interested in an opportunity that I have interviewed for and they have not asked me for my references, I offer them at the end of my first interview. 

  • I research the company prior to sending a résumé, and read their web page to gain helpful information about the company to use while writing my cover letter, revising my résumé to identify specific skills they are looking for on my résumé if I have them and to use during an interview.  This also helps you eliminate questions you may have and enables you to spend more time in an interview talking about your skills and qualifications. 

  • Sample questions I might ask at the end of an interview about the company are (strategic plans, company missions, company goals, department goals, long term plans, support professional development, etc., etc.,) that will impress an interviewer and that will let the interviewer know that you are interested in the company and position. 

  • I use résumé paper with a water mark.  You can buy this at Wal-Mart.  I like to use the Ivory color or light grey.  Do not use a bright color.

 

SAMPLE RÉSUMÉ TEMPLATE

 

(Name)                          ___________________________

(Address)                                ___________________________________

(City, State Zip)                       ___________________________________

(Telephone Numbers)             ___________________________________

(Email)                                    ___________________________________

 

 

Objective:

To obtain a challenging position as a ____________________________ with a company who will utilize my skills and competencies  

 

Qualifications:          

·         _______________________________________________________________

·         _______________________________________________________________

·         _______________________________________________________________  

·         _______________________________________________________________

·         _______________________________________________________________

 

Skills:

·         _______________________________________________________________

·         _______________________________________________________________

·         _______________________________________________________________ 

·         _______________________________________________________________

·         _______________________________________________________________

·         _______________________________________________________________

·         _______________________________________________________________

·         _______________________________________________________________

·         _______________________________________________________________

·         _______________________________________________________________

 

Education:

(Degree)          _______________________________________________________________

(School)          _______________________________________________________________

(GPA)              _______________________________________________________________

 

(Degree)          _______________________________________________________________

(School)          _______________________________________________________________

(GPA)              _______________________________________________________________

 

Certificates or Awards:

·         _______________________________________________________________

·         _______________________________________________________________

·         _______________________________________________________________

·         _______________________________________________________________

 

Extracurricular:

·         _______________________________________________________________

·         _______________________________________________________________

 

 

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