by Helen Redfield
- Spell your name correctly, and use one name throughout
- Use one font, in black, format it correctly and make it readable
- Include all dates
- Do not list answering phones, opening mail, making copies or sending faxes as “skills”; they aren’t
- Use spell check and then read the results, making sure to omit auto-correct errors
- Use full formal sentences, capitalization, and proper punctuation; no acronyms, no emoticons
- Do not include any social activities you may have participated in, in High School, or worse, Elementary School
- Do not dictate what you want the company to do for you
- Personalize the Objective to the position you are applying for (read the ad first)
- Remember to actually attach your resume, with contact information, and a professional email address; i.e. not “slinkygal@hotmail”.
If people would only do this, my job would be so much easier. Truth is, maybe 2 out of ten actually do all 10! One of the resumes today came in orange. While I know orange is the new black, she also used about 6 different fonts, most of which were fancy script. Gaaad!