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How to Prepare a Resume
02-12-2014, 10:54 AM
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How to Prepare a Resume
Follow These Basic Standards.

  • Keep your resume to one page whenever possible.
  • Keep the number of fonts you use to a minimum -- two at the most.
  • Use a font that is easy to read. Times Roman works well.
  • Do not justify the lines of type on your resume. Allow the right side of the page to "rag."
  • Do not overuse capitalization, italics, underlines, or other emphasizing features.
  • Make sure your name, address, and a phone number appear on your resume and all correspondence, preferably at the top of the page.
  • Print your resume on white or cream paper using a good-quality printer.
  • Second- and third-generation photocopies must be avoided
  • Print on one side of the paper only.

Avoid Mistakes:
SPELLING MISTAKES:


To avoid spelling mistakes:
  • Don`t use words with which you aren`t familiar.
  • Use a dictionary as you write.
  • Perform a spell check on your finished resume.
  • Carefully read every word in your resume.
  • Have a friend or two proof read your resume for you.

PUNCTUATION MISTAKES:

Things to look for:
  • Periods at the end of all full sentences.
  • Be consistent in your use of punctuation.
  • Always put periods and commas within quotation marks.
  • Avoid using exclamation points.

GRAMMATICAL MISTAKES:
  • Do not switch tenses within your resume.
  • The duties you currently perform should be in present tense (i.e., write reports)
  • Duties you may have performed at past jobs should be in past tense (i.e., wrote reports).
  • Capitalize all proper nouns.
  • When expressing numbers, write out all numbers between one and nine (i.e., one, five, seven), but
    use numerals for all numbers 10 and above (i.e., 10, 25, 108).
    If you begin a sentence with a numeral, spell out that numeral (e.g. Eleven service awards won while employed.).
  • Make sure your date formats are consistent (i.e.11/22/01 or Nov. 22, 2001, or 11.22.01. Choose one and stick with it.).
    Choose Your Words Carefully.
  • Phrase yourself well.
  • Be on the lookout for the following easily confused words:
  • accept (to receive), except (to exclude)
  • all right (correct), alright (this is not a word)
  • affect (to bring about change), effect (result)
  • personal (private), personnel (staff members)
  • role (a character assigned or a function), roll (to revolve).
  • Use action words (i.e., wrote reports, increased revenues, directed staff).

REFERENCES:

In most instances it is not necessary to include names and address of references on the resume. If you include a reference, make it sure that the referenced person knows very well about you. It is also advisable to add the persons as references, whom the employer can contact easily. If possible add the phone number and e-mail ID of the reference. Never add a person as a reference, about whom you know nothing.

STICK TO THE POINT

Employers have a busy schedule, so don`t expect them to read through a long resume. Ideally, resumes should be of one page, or of two pages only if absolutely necessary, to describe relevant work experience.

WORDS COUNT

Use of language is extremely important; you need to sell yourself to an employer quickly and efficiently. Address your potential employer`s needs with a clearly written, compelling resume. Avoid large paragraphs (five or six lines). If you provide small, digestible pieces of information, your resume will be read. Use action verbs. Verbs such as "developed", "managed", and "designed" emphasise your accomplishments.

**** Best Of Luck ****
 


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