Installation number two in our “Back to Basics” series focuses on what is likely the centerpiece of you job search tool kit: your resume. This is where a potential employer can find all the important information that indicates whether or not you’ve got what it takes to fill a position. So it’s vital that you include all of that important information, otherwise, you may find yourself out of the running for a job you are qualified for only because your resume did not accurately reflect that.
In accordance with the title of this series, we’d like to keep things basic by providing for you a list of the essentials, all of the absolutely necessary elements of a resume.
- The one page rule can be thrown out the window if you have several pages of pertinent experience– just remember that your potential employer doesn’t have time to read a whole book, so be concise and willing to edit out what you can (i.e.: old positions, irrelevant experience, etc).
- Fill in the white space. If you can see a lot of empty space on the page, rearrange items, play with the format and font or maybe even add a little more detail to previous positions until the margins are minimal. Too much white at the top, bottom or sides of the page can make the entire thing look bare.
- It’s a relatively well-known tip, but in case you were unaware, do not include references with a resume and do not state “References Available” on a resume. If an employer would like for you to provide references or any other additional materials, he/she will request them and you can provide them separately.
- Remember to tailor your resume to the position. Do not submit a generic resume to every opening. Your skills, what details you include in your experience and so on will likely need to be adjusted to address the specific requirements of a position.
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