Chapter I. Selling Yourself on Paper
How to Make a Great First Impression
Your resume has to sell the reader with the first few statements.
- Make sure you state your job objective in a way that is consistent with the type of position you are seeking. For example, if you are applying for a job as a carpenter's helper, state as your objective an entry level job in carpentry.
- List your strongest skills with examples toward the beginning of the resume, for example, leadership - captain of high school soccer team.
- If success in the classroom and/or in school activities is a strong asset, list it early in the resume.
Write your resume with the employer in mind.
- If possible, match your qualifications to those the ad or job description lists as necessary or desirable.
Your accomplishments should stand out.
- Do not use long paragraphs.
- Make it easy for the employer to discover your successes when he reads about your school and work history.
Your resume should have an appealing look.
- It should look clean and professional.
- Check carefully for spelling and grammar errors. Use your Spelling and Grammar checker if you have a computer.
- Stick to one page (two at most!).
Resume Do's and Don'ts