General Views on Resumes
Employers are increasingly requiring resumes to be submitted for part-time employment and stress the importance of content. The need for a clear, to the point resume is vital. The resume should be used to get the interview and therefore, needs to be tailored to each position. Employers are looking for people who give a little extra effort. Resumes should be to the point, well-structured and easy to read in 30 seconds or less.
Certain Components Which Should Be Part of Any Resume Style
- Name, address, postal code, local phone number (cell numbers which are long distance will probably not be used by local employers), and email (only if checked regularly)
- Personal profile (optional)
- Skills and abilities
- Work experience, practicum/co-op work experience, internships
- Volunteer experience/extra-curricular
- Mention of references
General Resume Tips
- Keep your resume to 1-2 pages
- Use 8.5 x 11 white or neutral toned quality paper
- Use a good quality printer
- Must be well organized and laid out in a logical manner
- PROOFREAD – resume should have absolutely NO grammar or spelling errors. Computer spell checkers do not catch all errors.
- Have equal margins on all sides
- Remember the layout of the resume can be different than the "norm"
- Be consistent in resume set up (verb tenses, spacing, dates, bolding, underlining, italicizing)
- Keep font size between 10-12 ( your name can be a larger size)
- Eliminate personal pronouns such as "I"
- Use point form and keep sentences short and to the point
- Use action verbs to describe duties
- Your resume should focus on your skills and abilities
- Your name and page number should be on consecutive pages
- Should reflect transferable skills
- If sending a resume by fax, follow it up with an original by mail