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12/22/09
Resumes. Formatting
Filed under: Public Relations docs, Post-docs, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 10:24 am

As we all know, curriculum vitae can be
used to apply
for academic positions. 
They comprise a comprehensive
listing
of all professional endeavors and can be
a
useful first step for creating targeted
resumes
to apply for industrial and other
positions.


[Generally, CVs do not have an objective
but include
a detailed listing of relevant
accomplishments,
intramural and
extramural interests and professional
activities.
  CVs include specifically lists
of references, publications,
patents and
presentations and other documents

associated with the application. (teaching
philosophy,
research proposals, and so forth.)]

Resumes are targeted public relations
documents
showing relevant
accomplishments, experience and

interests matching the needs of firms’ open
positions.


This post examines resume formatting
You may
find many common features from
other career consultants.
  Generally,

1. FONTS AND PAGE SPACE
Font type and size should be easily
readable
.  Consider Arial, Verdana, and
Courier with size of 11 or greater.
  There
should be an inch boarder without lines on

each page.

2.  PAGE ORGANIZATION
Your name needs to appear on each page. 
It is
helpful to include a page number and
systematic
organization of section headings
(normally on left or
center) and dates
(normally left or right hand column).


3.  BULLETS, BOLDING AND CAPS
Freeman has cited eye tracking research
pointing to the use of bullet points, shorter
phrases,
use of bold or caps.  Yet, too
much highlighting
is distracting and use
of italics is of limited value.
  Usually
underlining is not often used, if caps and

bolding is common.

4.  HYPERLINKS TO WEB-PAGES
Digital versions of resumes can make use
of
hyperlinks in the experience section to
web-pages
of employers, in your heading
to your own
personal web-page and blogs
that you author.


5.  HYPERLINKS TO PAPERS
Digital versions of resume files can include
listing of peer reviewed papers, patents
and
presentations.  A hyperlink to a .pdf
file
, if available, is helpful.  These lists
are not common
ingredients of resumes.

6.  UPDATED CONTACT INFORMATION
While lists of references are not formally
part of resumes, they can be included in
your
resume file as a separate page.  It
is important
to ask for and receive
permission to include a person as a
reference
and list updated contact
information
.

7.  LENGTH
Not including references and papers,
patents and presentations, resumes will
not be longer than 2 pages.

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