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A great deal of care and much more formatting is necessary to achieve an attractive layout for your paper resume.
Using Microsoft Office suite, prepared correspondence and reports for administrative staff of two small companies
Established and maintained an effective filing system with over 350 regular customers (auto service center)
Acted as receptionist in local bank and front office of auto service center
Use descriptive statements to show your skills-statements that specify (how much? or how often?) and qualify (how well? or results achieved?). Include' a section listing your formal education, putting your most recent first.
WHAT A RESUME SHOULD LOOK LIKE? : Resume Building
A great deal of care and much more formatting is necessary to achieve an attractive layout for your paper resume. And, while there is no single appropriate layout that applies to every resume, there are a few basic rules to follow in putting your resume on paper.
Leave a comfortable margin on the sides, top and bottom of the page (usually one to one and a half inches).
Use appropriate spacing between the sections (two to three line spaces are usually adequate).
Be consistent in the type of headings you use for different sections of your resume. For example, if you capitalize the heading EMPLOYMENT HISTORY, don't use initial capitals and underlining for a section of equal importance such as Education.
Do not use more than one font in your resume. Stay consistent by choosing a font that is fairly standard and easy to read and don't change it for different sections. Beware of the tendency to try to make your resume original by choosing fancy type styles. Your resume may end up looking unprofessional instead of creative. Unless you are in a very creative and artistic field, you should almost always stick with tried-and-true type styles like Times New Roman and Palatino which are often used in business writing. In the area of resume styles, conservative is usually the best way to go.
Always try to fit your resume on one page. If you are having trouble with this, you may be trying to say too much. Edit out any repetitive or unnecessary information and shorten descriptions of earlier jobs when possible. Ask a friend you trust for feedback on what
seems unnecessary or unimportant. For example, you may have included too many optional sections. Today, with the prevalence of the personal computer as a tool, there is no excuse for a poorly laid out resume. Experiment with variations until you are pleased with the result.
Remember that a resume is not an autobiography. Too much information will only get in the way and the more compact your resume, the easier it will be to review. If a person who is swamped with resumes looks at yours, catches the main points and then calls you for an interview to fill in some of the details, your resume has already accomplished its task. A clear and concise resume makes for a happy reader and a good impression.
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