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A resume is a brief history of your working experience, education, and accomplishments that you prepare for job application. In general, a great resume should be:
How to Develop the Right Résumé
Resume Writing Tips
1. Think Relevance. Your resume is not an autobiography; it is a compilation of what you've got that the employer is seeking!
2. Limit resume to one page. Most of the time, recent college graduates do not have the experience to justify a two-page resume. If you need two pages, make them two complete pages.
3. Accuracy counts. Make sure your resume is organized and neat. It should contain NO spelling and/or grammatical errors. Have several people - CDC staff, professors, classmates, supervisors - read it to look at it with "fresh eyes."
4. Use action words. Avoid passive or weak phrases.
5. Be consistent throughout the entire resume with display techniques, punctuation, verb tense, dates, and spacing.
6. Avoid abbreviations.
7. Never include high school information on your resume.
8. Use bullets to describe your duties/responsibilities. They create the illusion your resume will be quick and concise to read. Begin each bullet with an action verb.
9. Do not include references on your resume.
10. Your resume should look professional. Use white, cream, or gray bond paper. Do not include fancy fonts, pictures of yourself, personal information, or unusual bullets.
11. Personal information (religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, age, etc.) is irrelevant.
12. Font size: 10 (minimum), 12 (maximum); Headings may be larger.
13. Margins: 1 inch (ideal); ½ inch (minimum)
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