Unformatted text preview: Chapter 3
Resume and Career Writing
. Use an easy-to-read font, such as Arial or Times New
Your resume should be a concise summary of the high points
. Font size should be 10-12 points.
of your education, work experience, and other qualifications.
. Use 8.5" x 11" paper, printed on one side only.
It should also be relevant to your audience's needs and to your
. Use .5- to 1-inch margins
employment interests, not a complete history of your life. It
communicates your professional qualifications to employers,
to interest them in interviewing you, and it creates their first
. Stick to one page; use two pages if you have an
impression of you. It is a marketing tool and an introduction
advanced degree or extensive experience (10+
to you and your experiences. Do enough research about
the employer and the field to decide which messages are
. Make the page easy to scan and graphically pleasing:
most important to your audience, and communicate these
leave sufficient white space.
messages clearly and succinctly in a visually appealing
. Select a format that suits your qualifications. Do not
format. Here are some guidelines to help you do this:
automatically follow someone else's, which may not
suit what you have to say.
. Avoid underlining; you may use bullets to emphasize
.Do not use a Microsoft Word resume template.
Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) have trouble
. Use boldface sparingly for headings and employer
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- Spring '16