I really hate doing my résumé. I don't know what it is but it takes me hours to do and I'm never happy with it. It either comes off as sounds too meek or too full of myself. Anyone got any good résumé writing advice?<br><br>
I've found it best to limit your resume to the high points of your career/background in short, bullet-point style, and include a separate one or two paragraph bio to brag on yourself a tad more poetically. You can even solicit a few snippets of praise from co-workers or collegues, and add that as an attachment.<br><br><br><br><br>Paperclipping a $20 to the stack helps, too! <br><br>
Whatever you do, DO NOT start your resume with the incredibly amateur "OBJECTIVE" paragraph!!! It's got to be the dumbest thing in the whole resume process, and it's the first thing I look for to weed out people I'm NOT going to talk to.<br><br>Think about it, I'm looking for someone for position X, you send me your resume for position X, I can plainly see that you have worked for other companies in position X... do I really need you to assume I'm a dumbass® and tell me that you would be a great fit with my company in position X???<br><br>Some other pointers:<br><br>Make your resume stand out. Do something different. DO NOT use Times & Helvetica on white paper with all the information going across the whole page from top to bottom. Split it up into two columns, use color, make your fonts legible, but different. You can also try writing your resume as a newspaper article, or an obituary (maybe not that one)... something that will really stand out in the mind of someone who will no doubt be receiving hundreds of resumes. I generally put something silly in it too, like telling them that my one hobby is sleeping on public transportation, or receiving needless dental work, etc...<br><br>
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Just be careful not to get TOO crazy- it all depends on the job you're going after- someone in mine or Giz's profession can get pretty wacky with their hot sheets, but if you're going for that accounting job, maybe the standard layout would suffice...<br><br>I actually have mine in an old typewriter font, and I use a paper that's a slight shade of grey- nothing crazy, but it stands out from all the white in the pile...;)<br><br>OF course, none of this matters if you're using a job search web site...plain text, all the way- <br><br>[color:red]5.19.05 - The 'Jedi Slaughter' tour begins!</font color=red>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Whatever you do, DO NOT start your resume with the incredibly amateur "OBJECTIVE" paragraph!!!<p><hr></blockquote><p>I had a fight with a friend about this. I agree with you. I have never heard an OBJECTIVE line that didn't sound corny. She actually told me to put this: Objective: To find a job in software development.. I laughed at her.<br><br>
Make it 2 color, and like Steve said, with bullets and main points. Also, adding your picture on there will make it stand out between the other 300 a day they will be receiving.<br><br>I made mine red and black. Red is flasy but has a nice contrast with black and combined they add a certain style. You can also do it with blue if you want a cold feel to it, or green if you want a relaxed feel. I work for the devil, so red is my choice. <br><br>Make it as easy as possible to read while leaving things out for the employer to call you and ask you about them.<br><br>Create an interest and don't say too much is the main idea.<br><br>_________________________________________<br>Just a different kinda geek...
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