Barbara Cragg, HR Consultant
Your resume is a reflection of you and not every detail of your life. It should be contained to one or two pages and very well organized. Resume software such as Elegant, Contemporary, and Professional Resume can be found in Microsoft Word. Go to File > New > Other Documents and make a selection. Click on the name, delete the current information, and insert your data. Enlarge the font on the phone number and address. You will be faxing the resume and the small font is hard to read.
If you were promoted and had several positions at one company, list the company and put the entire number of years. Then list each position and break the dates down along with a brief description. Treating each position separately makes it look like you have had many jobs and may not be stable.
List only the college you graduated from, the degree obtained, the year it was received, and any awards such as Dean's List, Cum Laude, or scholarships received. Listing every college you attended is confusing and takes up space. The college that accepted your transcript and awarded you the degree is the only one necessary.
Bullet formats are very popular. Use strong terms and phases like complete profit and loss responsibility, the number of subordinates you supervised, and accomplishments. List the job duties in connection with each job. Do not list them all together and then list the jobs you have held and their dates. It is important for the hiring authority to know where you did each function.
If the company you worked for is not well known
, include a brief summary of the function of the business in your text. Example: Prepared the Balance Sheet for a manufacturer of rubber stamping products.