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Career DEVELOPMENt: ResumÉ - Elements of a good Resume

Your resume is the single most important feature of your job search.  Whether you are a college graduate starting out with an entry level position, or a seasoned executive making a mid-life career change, your resume is what will broadcast your career experience, skill set, and personality before you get a chance to make a personal impression.  From this impression, the prospective employer will decide whether or not to interview you. 
Be sure your resume is:

  • Well-Written.  No spelling or grammatical mistakes.  Keep it clear and concise.  Have someone proofread your resume before you give it to an employer.  Use your dictionary or your spell check.
  • Proper Length.  One page.  As a rule, two page resumes are acceptable when you have over ten years of experience.  Employers prefer to read only one page.
  • Attractive. Typed and professional in appearance.  An employer should be able to glance over the resume and read the main points.
  • Relevant.  Include only information having to do with the job you are seeking or your career goals.
  • Personalized.  There is not one correct way to write a resume.  Use the style and format that best reflects your needs and accomplishments.
  • Appropriate.  Information and format must conform to the employer expectations.  An artist, for example, may appropriately include graphics, which a banker probably should not.
  • Balanced.  Include only data that will help you get an interview.  Eliminate any information that may not act in your favor such as age, religious affiliation, etc.  Always ask your-self the question, “Will this bit of data help get an interview?”  If not, do not use it.

Remember, a resume sells YOU!  It is a personal summary of your experiences and qualifications for the position you are seeking.  Often the first contact you have with employers is your resume.  It informs them of your accomplishments, educational and personal background and work experience.  Your resume tells an employer:

  1. Who you are;
  2. What you know;
  3. What you have done.

Next: What information should be included in a resumé?