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General Advice

ONE PAGE MAXIMUM. Do not go over one page. Seriously. Use your space wisely. In today's economy, you're going to be hard pressed to get a hiring manager to read even the first page, let alone anything beyond that.Be concise! This should be obvious from my previous comment, but try to be as straight-forward as possible.Make sure it's readable. Do not just keep making the font smaller in order to make your resume shorter. And use an easy to read font (something without serifs, if possible). Calibri, Arial, and Geneva are all safe bets, and Times New Roman is acceptable as well. If you use Comic Sans or Papyrus, I will hunt you down and slap you across the face.SPELL CHECK. GRAMMAR CHECK. Print it out and get someone else to read it for you! make sure it's all correct!It's okay to have more than one resume! Tailor them for the kinds of positions you want, just be sure to save them separately in a way that makes it obvious which one you're sending. [Personally, I have one for library positions and one for administrative positions.]Don't worry about references on your resume. You'll have to list these separately on the application anyway, so there's no sense in taking up that much space. But definitely do have a separate document of references with everyone's contact info ready. This will save you so much time and stress later when you don't need to go through your phone and old emails and google to get all the information you need.Objectives are unnecessary and antiquated (that means old as balls). I know it's part of Word's templates, but do not even bother with this unless for some godforsaken reason the application requires one.

Okay, now I'm going to break this down by the different section headings you should/could be using. For examples of resumes, just fucking google "examples of resumes." Better yet, search that in conjunction for the type of job you're looking for. "Examples of resumes for secretaries," "examples of resumes for janitors," etc. I feel like I can trust you to do this on your own (I hope so, anyway).

Name/Contact Information

Your name should be really easy to read and really easy to find at the very top. It should also be bigger than everything else.List your contact information below that, all on one line, if possible. This should include your address, phone, and email.Unless your email is your name or something equally professional, do not list it. Create a separate "professional" email for all your job searching. Seriously, no one will hire you if your email is (God, I hope that isn't someone's actual email, if it is, I didn't mean to call you out specifically.)This should really go without saying, but be sure your name and contact information are updated and spelled correctly.Tip: if you have a really nice LinkedIn page or online portfolio, put a hyperlink to that in the contact info section (just don't paste the full link, who are you, my grandmother?)


What to list: school name, location (town/state is fine, no need to list a full address), degree type earned (high school diploma, bachelor's of arts, etc.), dates attended/year of graduation.If your degree is in progress, be sure to list that so your employer knows you're currently in school (and why you don't have a degree).Include your major (college students), and minor, if you have one/have roomOnly list your GPA if it's actually good and be sure to include the scale it's based on (there's a big difference between a 3.0/4.0 and a 3.0/5.0).Conserve space! If you want to list college and high school (or undergrad and grad), set up a 2-column section so they can go side-by-side. But definitely don't list more than 2 schools. Just list the most recent ones, if you're someone that transfers a lot. (If you attended a lot of colleges, only list the one from which you graduated)

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