Resume Basics


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We have to deal with the reality that some people judge us by factors that have nothing to do with our qualifications.

When presented with an opportunity to create a business calling card, your resume, we have to take advantage of the opportunity.

For this reason, we must know how to write a great resume.  A resume will present on paper your strengths to others without the person having the ability to judge you by your looks, race or any other characteristics that could lead to stereotyping.  I write great resumes and have helped others secure interviews and jobs.  Here are a few dos and don’ts for writing resumes.

Do

  • Use actions verbs to describe your accomplishments and achievements
  • Proofread your resume for grammar and spelling
  • Allow someone else to review your resume to offer suggestions for improvement
  • Tell the truth about your accomplishments and achievements
  • Make sure your resume is concise, specific and structured
  • Use bullet points
  • Include your LinkedIn profile URL

Don’t

  • Use slang, Ebonics or text language in your resume
  • Attach photos or provide personal information, as if you’re seeking a match on a dating site
  • Use a one size fit all resume.  Your resume should be customized for each job.
  • Use long paragraphs
  • Include a reference statement.  If you are offered the job, you will be asked to provide references
  • Use resume templates

Happy resume writing!

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