Thursday, April 06, 2006

Random questions about resumes

With the job search ramping up for many seniors, I’m getting a lot of scattered and random questions about resumes, questions about small and subtle details, the sum of which ends up being greater than the individual parts.
So, I thought I’d take today to answer a few of the more common inquiries.

Q: If my resume is two pages, do you staple them together?...

A: No, you would not want to staple your pages, as that would look unprofessional. But be sure to put your name and “page 2” at the top of your second page to alert the reader to the fact that it’s a two paged document.

Q. Should I write a resume or CV (curriculum vitae)?
A. That depends on your employer target. CV’s are typically longer documents and are most often seen in academic or research oriented settings. Most international positions require them as well. For everything else, however, go with a resume.

Q. Should my resume be longer than one page?
A. Again, that depends on who you are and how much experience you’ve accumulated. If you’re applying for an internship, then, yes, one page is perfect. College grad or beyond, I typically suggest two pages. Unless, that is, you cannot fill that second page. If you start the second page and find it’s about 1/4 full, condense to one page.

Q. If I send my resume, what kind of envelope should I use? A larger one or should I fold the pages?
A. The choice is really up to you. Some people choose to send their resume and cover letter in an 8 1/2 x 11 inch larger envelope. Most people, however, fold the documents and use a standard business envelope. If you choose the later, make sure that the envelope matches the resume weight (as opposed to printer) paper you’ve chosen for the other documents.

Q. How do you sign an e-mailed cover letter?  Scan in my signature or type it in different font or leave it off and eliminate the extra spaces?
A. You bring up some creative solutions to the signature dilemma but with cover letters sent electronically, I would just eliminate the personal signiture entirely.

Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 04/06 at 09:02 AM
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