Originally Posted by HelloIDistance
I wouldn't put your High School or any info related to that. What is the point if you graduated college?
I would also take out the "provide references upon request". I've never understood that on resumes. Of course you would provide references upon request.
Originally Posted by Rugger
My tip is to remember that the resume should just get you in the door, your interview is what they will hire you on. Remember that when writing your resume, it can be pretty thin, don't need an objective or summary, it should(in my mind) show that you are well qualified and that's really it. You should have a second 'mental resume' in your head for the interview...."i did xxx with yyy, I led xxx to yyyy, my weiner is xxx big. etc etc.
It might just be me but I don't like the interviewers having an idea of ME before the interview, I just want them to know my qualifications. Makes for a better WOW moment, at least in my mind.
I do keep more details, but I like showing that I've been in many different positions -- even if some are different from my field. My interviews have typically involved questions on some of them.
Originally Posted by suited
Resumes are over-thought and always over-complicated. When it's all said and done, assuming you follow a sensible format and you don't hand in something with grammatical errors or grease stains, it's going to come down to what's actually written on the resume in terms of experiencing and education.
Originally Posted by Milpool
Strangely, despite reviewing resumes and such, I still think I'm bad at writing them.
Some general points from my experience reviewing:
1) I don't give a shit about font. I'm not some pop-psychologist that thinks I can read into your personality based on your font. As long as you didn't do something really insane like use 24 point font the whole way or italics the whole way, etc I don't give a damn.
2) Skip the objective statement. Your cover letter is your objective statement. Usually the objectives people list on their resumes are lame and do nothing for me; e.g. "I want to advance my career". Ok, great, I want you to advance your career too. . . but that tells me nothing about why you are the best candidate.
3) Put the most relevant section first. I browse resumes quickly until I find a few that look good. Make sure I spot the good stuff immediately after your name. If you graduated university 10 years ago in something unrelated, put it at the bottom, I don't care about that. Make it easy for me to notice you are the right person for the job.
4) The other information debate. . . if it is relevant include it. Professional societies, sitting on the board for the local art museum, publications, etc are all good things to include. That your hobby is posting on a men's clothing forum is not a good thing to include (unless you are trying to get a men's clothing forum job I guess).
1. Yeah, I wouldn't do something outlandish. I'm sure some hiring managers care about Arial vs. TNR but it's one of the least of my concerns.
3. Alright, noted.
4. I only include things where I have held leadership positions, so SF won't be on the list until I get mod status (joking).
Originally Posted by FIHTies
Oh yeah...Spelling matters. :-). Seriously though, read it, read it again and then give it to someone to read for you because you expect certain words to be there and if spelled worng you wont notice them.
Also dont use your chat room email address. Thats good for the chat room. Nowhere else. (Unless of course you are alpha as F%$k)
Use your real name on the email address. Sounds simple but I cannot tell you how many times this is missed.
Yep, I do all this already. I tend to not proof my SF posts though.
Originally Posted by akatsuki
If you just graduated, put school first, otherwise experience.
I'd put volunteer activities on there, but at the bottom and just in a single line list under an Additional Info category or something similar. Unless you are actually high up in the organization or accomplished a lot, then put it as experience.
Same with hobbies - a one line list is helpful. Not for getting in the door, but once you are sitting in the interview. Again, if you have achieved some reknown - such as being a US hammer throwing champion, list it.
Realistically it does depend on job how your resume is formatted - if you are applying for some sort of job where you are making things (e.g. graphic designer, interior decorator, blacksmith), you should also include a portfolio page. Also who you worked for is pretty important. If you are applying to be a corporate attorney or private equity guy - dealsheets are important and all they care about is experience and your role at each position.
What would you consider as "[accomplishing] a lot"?
What do you guys think of how my resume looks? I had a couple people tell me that the first thing they saw is the dates, not the position or description. If you saw a resume formatted like the PDF I linked to, what would be your initial reaction?