Resume Writing 101

Just some of the basics…

  • Use bold face and italic versions of the type face along with lots of white space to create emphasis.  DON’T USE ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.  It just makes it more difficult to read.  Don’t use fancy formatting and/or rules or color blocks.  You can’t count on it to translate the way you want it to.
  • Choose a typeface with a serif.  There is a reason that most novels, textbooks and the newspaper are set in a serifed face,  It’s because they are much easier to read.
  • Use at least 12 point type in the body of the resume.  Anything smaller becomes too difficult to read.  If you need to reduce the size of the type to get it to fit on two pages, you’ve got too much information in the resume.
  • It’s not necessary to include “References available upon request.”  Rather, when they are requested, be prepared to provide a list of names, and contact information, both telephone numbers and email addresses..  Remember to note your relationship to the reference.  And more importantly, remember to let you reference know who will be calling.

Resumes are a marketing tool designed to tease and tempt a potential emplyer to intice them to pick up the phone and give you a call.

If your resume isn’t getting you enough calls, perhaps its time to review the document.  Please, let us know how we can help.