How to Compose a Resume

A good resume cannot get you a job; but a bad resume can prevent you from getting the interview — and without the interview there’s no chance of getting the job. Since the resume is a primary tool in finding a better job, extra time spent on its preparation is an excellent investment. Management Search, Inc. is pleased to offer the following guidelines for composing a winning resume:

  1. There is no universal resume format. These are only guidelines for you to follow. The resume sample at the end of this article is intended for that purpose.
  2. The resume should be a concise, factual and positive listing of your education, employment history and accomplishments.
  3. Keep a separate list of references and make them available upon request.
  4. Always send a cover letter with specific references to the company’s need and your qualifications for the job. A personal letter is always best, so make an effort to get the name and title of the individual making the hiring decision.
  5. Submit your resume on white or ivory paper. Avoid other colors – many employers request a faxed copy and grainy or colored paper does not fax properly.
  6. Use short paragraphs – preferable no longer than five lines.
  7. Always make sure the resume and the cover letter are error-free. Proofread, and have others proofread too.
  8. Include your significant accomplishments within the last five years.
  9. Never include facts about your height, weight or physical appearance.
  10. Never provide salary information on the resume. Save it for the interview. If you are absolutely required to provide that information, reveal it in the cover letter.
  11. Most importantly, never ever lie!

       CLICK HERE to see a sample resume (pdf file).