The do’s and don’ts of writing a resume

By on November 14, 2002

A resume a day keeps the heartache away. So, pick up some more printer cartridges and a pack of resume paper, because there should be a lot of printing going on.
Most professors advise their students to keep their resumes at one page in length. With this amount of space, it is best to list the skills and work experience most relevant to the job one is applying.
Some job-seekers do apply for positions in different career areas, especially when they juggled a double-major in college. In this case, it is a good idea to have two versions of a resume.
Sending a resume, cover letter and other necessary materials should cost somewhere around $1.
Two of the best ways to find work today is through Internet and newspapers.
Local newspapers provide opportunities close by, newspapers like the New York Times often provides a little more variety in regards to location.
On the Internet, certain career paths have web sites dedicated to job postings within that field, which can be found through engine searches. These web sites provide national or statewide listings of jobs.
The tried-and-true sites that allow for resume posting and searches by employers, such as the legendary, are another way to go.
Connections made through school, a college career fair or internships should never be broken, even if an interview is not an immediate result of the relationship.
Scoring an interview does not necessarily mean that the job is guaranteed.
Chances of scoring the job can possibly be increased if the job-seeker advises the employer that he or she can provide the tasks necessary with little or no training at all.
Professionals already working in a chosen career field can provide useful information regarding the job search to college students looking to follow in their footsteps and can provide a reality check as to what it will take to succeed in the job market.
Barbara Douglas, Editor of the Shore Line Times newspaper in Guilford, Conn., provided this piece of advice for aspiring journalists:
“Overall, I’d say that new graduates need to humble themselves a bit, be willing to work hard for little pay, get their clips in order, and then start looking for a paying job. It’s no cake walk.”
Now is the time to enjoy the college life, but to remember priorities as well. The ten minutes it takes to print a resume, put it in an envelope, and mail it to a prospective employer is a time investment that could lead to great things in the future.


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