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Resumé Do’s and Don’ts

  • DO: Tweak your resumé for each position you apply for in order to make it match that specific job. Whatever is most relevant to the job should be listed first.
  • DON’T: Submit a resumé that is longer than one page. Having multiple pages does not show that you have a lot of experience, but instead indicates that you do not know how to be succinct.
  • DO: Focus the statements on your resumé on results and actions. Show the company why you are ready and able to take on the job.
  • DON’T: Depend on a cover letter to connect the things listed on your resumé to the requirements of the job. Organize your resumé so that the recruiter can immediately see the connection. Believe it or not, the cover letter often goes unread.
  • DO: Include a job history with dates. If you leave the dates out, you open up the door to speculation about why they were not included.
  • DON’T: List a career objective. Obviously the reason you are submitting the resumé is because you want to get hired in that field. Instead, consider using an “accomplishments” or “key skills” section to highlight why you are qualified and are the best applicant for the job.

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