Q: Should a resume be one page only?
A: For students and recent college graduates, in most cases, yes. Certain academic professions utilize the Curriculum Vitae format, which is used to list publications, research, etc. A resume should be no more than two pages. A "C.V." could be several pages.
Q: What kind of paper is best?
A: Use good-quality bond paper available in stationery stores. Appropriate colors are all shades of white and ivory, very pale beige or gray. Buy extra paper for your cover letter and matching envelopes for a really nice look.
Q: What about typing, printing, duplicating, etc.?
A: Your resume is your marketing piece! It should be unique to each position you are applying to by pulling from your master resume and wordsmithing it to the culture of the position. Save the document as a unique file, so if you are invited for a interview you have the proper resume. Then you can run off a few copies from a high-quality (laser) computer printer, to bring to the interview.
Q: What is the most important feature in resume layout?
A: That there are NO MISTAKES
- Not typographical errors
- No misspellings
- No outdated information
- No missing information
- No smudges, blots, stains
- No hand-written additions or cross-outs
Make sure your resume is perfect! Proofread it several times and have other people -- your friends, a career counselor, your instructors -- proofread it as well. One little typo can make all the difference.
Q: Should I prepare a different resume for each job I apply to?
A: Yes! A well-written resume should cover many different job targets, but it needs to be tweaked to the position you are applying for. Your cover letter should also be custom-tailored to each position.
Q: How far back should I go in terms of education, experience, etc.?
A: It depends. Relevance is the key; prior experience that is quite relevant is to be included. Creating a section for Related Experience will allow you to highlight previous positions up front.
Q: Should I include high school experiences?
A: It is not necessary for college graduates to list where they went to high school or high school experience, unless it is very relevant to the position you are applying for.
Q: Should I include my GPA? That I graduated with honors?
A: Include your GPA if it is 3.0 or above and you are a student or a recent graduate on the Bachelor’s level. It is also correct to list "B.A. with honors" or "B.A cum laude." If you do not include your GPA most recruiters assume you have under a 3.0
Q: Should I use an "objective" on my resume?
A: Objectives are outdated and can often limit your chances of being selected. A summary of Qualifications or Professional Profile which highlights your skills and provides evidence of what you can do for the employer is much more compelling. Remember the employer wants to know what you can do for them.