Looking to apply for a job. Their listing says to "customize" your resume... well short of really tacky stuff, that I'm NOT going to do this is the limit. Any suggestions?
Thanks, and you're right about the padding. I do web design and development for a living so laying out content and text is all I do.Forbiddenera's is also worth looking at - good layout, not too wordy. (I would still use some padding between the bullet points, but I just generally hate it when text gets too close to itself - and that's getting damn picky.)
Thank you all very much for your input. Although at first the criticism kinda cuts the quick, I have to accept that I asked for the critique and this is what it takes to make it better. The suggestions were a wake up call for me and my lame excuse for a resume. Everyone made excellent suggestions and I am updating my resume yet again, for another job, and custom tailoring it to that job.One other thing, there is no such thing as an associates degree - it is associate degree, as in Associate of Applied Science, or Associate of Arts, etc.
Nowadays, many get it wrong and few seem to care. But I do know of at least one employer who would look at little things like that and move the resume down to the bottom of the stack to help separate the wheat from the chaff.
All wonderful suggestions. I'll update this thread yet again, with the new job listing, and hopefully include my resume in the next day, if not tonight. I just hate this kind of paperwork because it makes me think... (not like that.. I love math/science) but how to structure what I know and my skills and qualifications in a written context.Agree with a lot here - IMO:
* Tailor the resume to the job - have several already made for different jobs
* Ditch the graphics - consolidate "Course Work" and "Software Experience"
* Move the date / year to the left column
* Use bullets, and action verbs (which you are already doing)
* State objective - move Education to the bottom
* Reduce to one page - unless you have 20+ years of experience to document
* Eliminate all graphics - for bullets use an "asterisk" - no non-ASCII characters
* Create ".RTF" format resume - for submitting on-line or in an e-mail - many companies don't want attachments
* Add a "keyword" section - used by employers to automatically scan for certain skills, experience, etc.
* Spel check - spell chek - spell cheque