THE RESUME SHOP


A GUIDE TO EFFECTIVE RESUME WRITING

a product of C.E. Publications. Inc.
P.O. Box 97000 - Kirkland, WA 98083
Telephone (206) 823-2222 - Fax (206) 821-0942

As a contract employee your resume is your calling card. It sells you to your potential employer. So, it behooves you to take extreme care in preparing a resume that will be a professional presentation of your qualifications.

There are many acceptable resume formats and methods of preparation. This brochure offers just one...but one with which our subscribers have found continued success. If you use this format and the guidelines we suggest, we can't guarantee you'll land a job. But, if you do adhere to this format, we can assure you that your chances of getting that next assignment will have definitely improved!

BASIC GUIDELINES FOR RESUME PREPARATION

Typesetting . . .

Professional typesetting equipment produces the best presentation of your resume. Most printing companies can provide you with this service (C.E. Publications can, too, at a charge of $25 per page). You can also use your own computer with some type of word processing software. The quality of this method depends greatly upon the kind of printer you use with your computer. A third, and often less desirable method, is to use a typewriter. If you do use a typewriter, make sure that it is in good condition...and use a new ribbon.

Printing. . .

Offset printing is your best choice for duplicating copies. All cities have quick printers that can provide that service for you. Make sure you check out some samples of their work, however, before you allow them to print your resume. If you have a laser printer attached to your computer, you can elect to print multiple copies of your resume that way. The quality of a resume which you type on your computer and produce on your laser printer should be excellent...almost as good as one that is typeset by a professional and reproduced at a nearby printer. The major difference between these two methods is that professional typesetting equipment can condense more copy onto a single page. Also, be aware that the typed copy on your laser-printed resume can "crack" along the crease if you fold it. If that happens to your laser-printed resume, mail them to firms flat in a 9"x12" envelope.

Helpful hints...

Tips to help you shorten a lengthy resume...

Things you "Should" do with your resume:

Things you "Should Not" do with your resume:

MANY CONTRACT FIRMS USE RESUME SCANNERS

More and more contract firms are utilizing scanners to input resumes into their computer databases. Because of that, new guidelines are required that will enable firms to scan your resume. Here are a few recommendations that will make your resume "scanner ready:"

NOTE: If you transmit your resume by using a FAX card in your personal computer, make sure you see what you transmit. Many resumes received at C.E. Publications, in this manner, have problems (extraneous characters, missing copy, strange lines, etc.). Also, the format of the received resume is often different than what you think you are transmitting. Try faxing to a friend or local fax number so you can physically see what everyone else sees!