Can you please provide help with typing a resume?    

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booboosmoosh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are a variety of ways to type resumes. Many companies on-line will help for a fee. I have found, however, that the simpler it is for a prospective employer to find a summary of your credentials, the longer it will remain on his/her desk. Avoid something wordy or a resume that goes on to a second page--especially in this job market when seeking employment is so competitive.

In writing my own resume, first I use a standard font: Times, Times New Roman or Verdana, font size 12, nothing fancy or cute; I single space the document. I list the following things centered at the top of the page: my name (bolded only here) on the first line; my street address on the second; my city, state and zip on the third line; and on the fourth line, I have my home telephone number as well as my cell phone number--(these two things I separate with a semicolon; they're still on the same line); and finally, on the last line, I type my email address.

Double space then next, list your education (under Education) with each underlined and bolded. One line is given for each section: name of high school, city, state; dates attended, if necessary; next line, junior college and/or college, with same information as listed above; if no college, list any vocational training—in this case, I'd probably list my major, then double-space.

Next, list employment history (under Professional Experience). The most recent company (bolded and underlined only) comes first, moving backwards. Give the name of the company, city, and state. Below use bullets and active verbs. For example, list primary responsibilities, using words like "organized," "compiled," etc. No "I did…" or "I worked..." Leave off minor things, e.g., answering phones, unless you were responsible for coordinating calls/calendars for a large group, such as for a resume for an administrative position. If in sales, list major responsibilities. For teaching, list the primary responsibilities—list things that a prospective employer does not take for granted; include things that make your resume stand out.

Beneath these, have another section for training in computer-based software applications, etc. If you have room, list Professional Training or Recognition for any special training you have that would make you more valuable: being bilingual, having taken special classes that support your career goals, etc.

The last thing I list on my resume addresses references. Usually I write "References are available upon request."

If you mail in a resume, send it along with a cover letter. Make sure on both items that spacing is even, and that there are NO typos whatsoever. Have several people read it over for you; perhaps they can offer additional insights. Here are the headings that follow my personal information at the top of my resume: Education; Professional Experience; Hardware and Software Experience; Skills and Additional Training. Each is bolded, underlined, and written in small caps. This last section is a catch-all where I can list anything that works in my favor that I may not logically have been able to include elsewhere.

Additionally, if you get an interview, send along a thank you letter, not an email, for the time that person took to meet with you (unless otherwise directed). Avoid casual language, including slang, as well as contractions if possible. Rewrite every piece you produce (more than once!!) to make them sharp, focused. They represent you when you are not there to do so. Hope this helps. See links below!!

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