Résumé Writing

20Mar 2016

Years ago, almost every résumé I saw had the words “references available upon request” at the bottom, but few professional résumé writers include this phrase today. Nonetheless, I receive many questions about references from clients. Professional references are essential even if we say nothing about them on our résumés. Virtually every job application I’ve seen […]

09Mar 2016

Soon, most employers and employees will not know of a time when computers were not ubiquitous at work. The “Computer Skills” section of the résumé may be obsolete when that time comes. Computer literacy, like language literacy—reading and writing—will be assumed even if this is not stated on the résumé. For the time being, though, […]

15Feb 2016

  Now that we have a heading on our screen, and a résumé outline, we are ready to fill in the next level of the outline—an outline of our professional history. Most of us will find this part pretty easy because we know where we worked and when we worked there. Some of us will […]

08Feb 2016

  Recently, an organization I was assisting sent me a file of résumés to look at. I looked at them and at first glance did not think the job candidates had much potential, but I was wrong. The reason I was unimpressed, I realized, was because the résumés all had weak objective statements, so, it […]

02Feb 2016

Most of us are going to put our contact information at the top of our résumé without giving the information much thought. We know our name, address, phone number, and email address, so there isn’t much to think about. Unfortunately, some of us unwittingly include or exclude information that may put us at a disadvantage. […]

25Jan 2016

  There is no “right” or “wrong” way to design a résumé, in my opinion, but most of us will use one of two general formats—reverse chronological or functional. The reverse-chronological format is most widely accepted, but from time-to-time some of us will be encouraged to use a “functional” format. Reverse-chronological résumés describe our careers […]