Tuesday, December 23, 2008



Resume Guidelines

Personal Information (Include):

1. Age
2. Marital Status
3. # of Children


1. Secondary/high school information is optional
2. Specify whether attendance at a university/college was part-time or distance learning
3. Specify any relevant extracurricular activities

Professional Affiliations:

These are important to mention if you’re in the following careers:

- Finance
- Accounting
- Securities & Banking
- Engineering

Professional Experience:

1. Include company descriptors
2. List job duties in bulleted format
3. Early employment can be summarized
4. Explain reason why you want to leave current position
5. Explain all gaps in employment
6. Specify whether employment was part time or contract
7. Explain why a permanent position wasn’t held

Special Skills (include):

1. Language Skills
2. Computer Skills

Format: CHRONOLOGICAL, not reverse chronological. NEVER use a functional format.

Length: Tied to years of experience. 10+ years of experience – three pages or less; less than 10 years of experience – no more than two pages

Cover Letter Guidelines

1. Always use hiring manager’s name in salutation
2. Position you’re applying for
3. Skills, experience, abilities that will be valuable to targeted company

Length and Format: No more than one page; A4 page setup rather than 8 ½” x 11”

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