RSS Become a Fan

Delivered by FeedBurner

Recent Posts

Review of Until the Day I Die by Emily Carpenter
Exclamation Marks in Publishing
Resume Reminders
Who and Whom


Author Interviews
Book Reviews
Getting Published
Query Letter Writing
Resume Writing
Teaching Writing
What makes a good writer?
powered by

Keys to Effective Writing

Top Resume Tips

This article is on my website, but I'm going to post it again here on my blog. Although we prepare professional resumes for a measly 25 dollars, it's easy to prepare your own professional resume. From my experience, these are the best tips I can give for resume preparation.
When preparing a resume, the most important tenet to remember is that a resume is merely a sheet of paper. It is usually one in a stack of hundreds. Often times, the person who evaluates it is extremely busy, and a meager glance may be all the attention your resume will receive. For that reason, it is important that your resume is professional, memorable, and accurate. Creating a professional resume is a very difficult task. Hiring a professional resume writer is the best way to ensure that your resume will be stellar. However, if you do decide to write your own resume, keep these tips in mind.
  • Proofread, proofread, and proofread again!! If your resume has 1 grammatical error, then there’s a great chance it will be tossed.
  • Highlight your best professional attributes in the least amount of space possible. A potential employer won’t read a lengthy resume.
  • Incorporate uniformity. Make sure that your spacing, titles, bullets, or paragraphs are equal throughout the entire resume. Multiple formats look messy. A uniformed resume is neat and professional.
  • Choose the format that makes you look the best. There are many different ways to write a resume. Depending on your skill or experience, choose a format that exposes the best you have to offer.
Resume FAQs
As a resume writer, these are the questions I am asked the most.
Do I have to have an objective on my resume?
In the past, the traditional format for a resume always included an objective. Today, however, resumes come in all shapes and sizes. So, the simple answer is no. You don’t always have to include an objective on a resume. On professional resumes, I include an objective if my client is seeking a specific job or if he/she has minimal prior employment/experience.
How long should my resume be?
Typically, a resume should only be one page long. Some of my clients, however, have extensive training, and it’s vital to expose those skills to a potential employer. Therefore, a two-page resume is okay in such circumstances. If your resume is more than one page, though, make sure you include a header or footer that incorporates your name, your address, and your phone number. You should also number the pages. This important in case the pages get separated.
Should I include any color in my resume?
The simple answer is no. However, when I prepare a professional resume, I prepare an electronic version as well as a print version. An electronic version of a resume should have no color and no special formatting in order to ensure that formatting isn’t scrambled when a potential employer opens the file. A print resume, on the other hand, must stand out from the rest. For this reason, I always incorporate some type of special formatting, and I sometimes use colors. The colors, though, should not be bold. Try using colors like gray, brown, or navy blue.
What font should I use?
Again, on an electronic version of a resume, you should use very simple font like Times New Roman, Calibri, or Arial. These are standard fonts, and this will ensure that the integrity of the resume is preserved when opened by a traditional employer. On a print resume, however, you can vary the font type. Use a font tailored to compliment the entire resume. Do not use more than 2 font styles in the resume.
Want your resume prepared by a professional resume writer? Call 1-888- 530 2964 or shoot us an email at owner@coghlanwriting.com. Prepared, professional resumes are only $25
Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint