Résumés: Tips for Job Hunters

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The purpose of your résumé (and also your cover letter) is to set you apart from the rest of the pack.  This doesn’t mean that you should write in flashy colors or submit a music video. It does mean that you should tailor the content to fit the specific job you want, and tailor the appearance to fit your own personality.  The résumé and cover letter sell the applicant to the company and are supposed to prove your worthiness for the position.

Avoid the MS-Word resume templates — in each class of 25 students, I typically get 5 who use the exact same default template, which tends to squish the text over to the right.  I think it’s probably better to have a plain resume than use a complex template without personalizing it and fixing the design flaw.  -DGJ 

Fall, 1999 — first posted by Erin Vanden Wymelenberg
15 Jan 2000 — modified and reorganized (DGJ)
24 Apr 2015 — minor updates

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