The Basics of Resume Writing

1. Be brief and to the point. Your resume is a sales tool not an autobiography nor a paper on which to espouse your personal philosophies.

2. Avoid using I or me. This is entirely unnecessary as, obviously, your resume is about you.

3. Only include information that is relevant. Information such as your height, weight, marital status, hobbies, or the name of your goldfish do not belong on your resume.

4. Stress your accomplishments. Let your resume reflect what you have done and, thus, what you are capable of doing for the person who employs you.

5. Be professional. Some creativity is good but don't overdo it. Don't be cute or chatty. Keep the tone even, straightforward and businesslike.

6. Use short sentences. Choose your words carefully. If you can use one word in place of two, do it. A good rule is to start as many sentences as you can with an action word.

7. Use diplomacy and tact. You should toot your own horn. Remember the resume is an advertisement and you are the product, but do it softly (nobody likes a lot of "noise").

8. Leave off "references available on request", salary, and do not send along a photograph. Talk salary only after getting a job offer. It is taken for granted that you will provide references on request. You can present your charming mug at the interview.

9. Don't mention anything negative. Don't lie , but don't get caught up in having to tell the whole ugly truth either. Put the past in the best possible light.

10. Leave off any reference to age, race or religion. This information only leads to discrimination.

A resume is a portrait of yourself. There are no right or wrong ways to write a resume. Our goal is to present some techniques that will help you create a resume that will best reflect your skills and experience: a resume that you are excited about and proud to present.

There are three basic types of resumes:

(1) Chronological resumes which are general and based on job positions and their responsibilities and duties.

(2) Functional resumes which are skills based and are targeted to specific positions applied for.

(3) Hybrid resumes are a cross between chronological and functional with a little of each thrown in. You can choose which resume best serves your needs.