Summer Job Series: Perfecting Your Resume Part II

We have been posting blogs each week for our Summer Job Series, covering everything from interviews to resumes to what to wear on the job. This week we’re writing in response to a question from one of our readers, Linda:

Because we are always happy to help, we’re bringing you Part II to our original “Perfecting Your Resume” post. While the content on your resume is what’s most important, the way it appears is significant as well. Keep reading for more resume format and template tips!

GENERAL FORMATTING TIPS

  • Pick a basic font, it’s easier to read
  • Use keywords that match your job descriptions so recruiters can find you (this is very important).
  • Follow application directions: make sure you send/email/fax it in the manner listed
  • Use an effective and specific title
  • Proofread… PLEASE
  • Use bullet points
  • DO NOT put “available for interview” or “references available” – recruiters already know this
  • Don’t include a photo unless requested

TEMPLATES – Where to find them

  • Resume Companion allows you to plug your information into their site and they formulate it for you
  • Instant Resume Templates has different categories of resumes to download from college student to more professional ones
  • Resume Templates has a link to more than 250 templates, based on the job you are seeking!
  • Google Docs has cover letters, templates, and examples for you to follow

Do you have any advice for resume writing? Comment below!

Written by Guest Blogger, Maria Cafferata

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