About Résumés

I started writing résumés in the 1980’s.  I’ve written them for executives, middle managers, sales reps, housewives returning to the work force and college students just starting out.  I also hosted a résumé writing seminar at a local college, so I really have a handle on how to create a document that makes you look great and stand out from the crowd.  Here are some important things to remember:

The purpose of a résumé is to get an interview.  You don’t have to tell your entire life story.  You do have to communicate why you are qualified for the position.  Today’s technology allows you to create custom résumés that can be targeted to specific jobs.  I’ll help you create a résumé format that is easy to adjust for different types of positions.

In my opinion, the design and layout are vitally important.  The person reviewing your résumé will probably spend only 20 to 30 seconds deciding if it merits a closer look.  The goal is to create a document that is visually pleasing, easy to read, and effectively communicates that you are qualified for this job.

Working with Me

I’ll ask you to e-mail me an old resume or at least some notes about your objectives, highlights, employment history, education, and relevant memberships, awards or certifications.  I’ll review these and we’ll talk on the phone.  I’ll construct the résumé and e-mail it to you for approval.
We’ll discuss variations, cover letters, job-hunting  and interviewing strategies.

Then we’ll congratulate each other when you get your first offer!  Here are some résumés I created recently.  (Names, companies and locations have been changed to protect my clients.)

Sample 1 - Upper Middle Management

 

 

This is the first page of a résumé I created for an upper middle manager for a large retail chain.

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Notice the page is balanced and uncluttered.  It looks readable and manageable.

This person has a lot of technical experience and the bullet format is a great way of presenting it clearly.

Many of his achievements are expressed in concrete, quantitative terms.

This applicant has more than enough experience to warrant a two-page résumé.  The amount of experience dictates the length of the résumé.  It’s better to have a well laid-out two-page document than one page that is cramped and crammed.

Sample 2

 

 

This is a one-page résumé for a college student seeking a business internship.

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Using color is certainly an option in making your résumé stand out, but use it sparingly.  The color in this résumé is effective but not distracting.  The page will also print well in black and white.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is an abbreviated example of a functional executive résumé that uses a variety of graphic elements, including color, a two-column bullet list and a screened highlights box.

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A functional résumé focuses on areas of expertise and achievements as opposed to a chronological listing of employment experience with comments about each position.

Functional résumés are appropriate for people with a very long employment history, candidates returning to the work force after taking a sabbatical, people looking to make a career change or recent graduates.

We’ll discuss whether a functional approach to your résumé is right for you.