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Resume Writing Tips for the Computer Age


1. Your Resume: The purpose of a resume is to market your skills, knowledge, and accomplishments to an employer in a way that convinces the employer to interview you. Yourresume must blend the results of these efforts into one cohesive, persuasive, and attractive statement.

2. Types of Resumes: With the advent of the computer age, there are now two basic types of resumes that you should be familiar with and utilize, depending on the mode of submission: standard or electronic

  • Standard Version - a paper version; word processed with bullets and other features; for mail, fax or in-person submission at the ICRs. Features: alignment, bullets, bolding, italics, underlining, capital letters, and wide choice of fonts.
  • Electronic Version - a plain text document, which can be e-mailed to schools, sometimes following school specific guidelines. Features: No tabs, bullets, special formatting or underlying, maximum 65 characters per line (including spaces and punctuation), no choice of font on the receiving end.

 3. Headings: Include each of the following headings on your resume if they apply to your situation. Remember, a resume is your calling card, and you must be comfortable with it.

  • Contact Information (Name, Address, City, State, Zip, Country, Phone, E-mail Address)
  • Citizenship
  • Objective
  • Education/Certification
  • Special Skills (specialized training in technology or another field)
  • Relevant Experience
  • Extracurricular Activities/Sports/Community Involvement, etc.
  • Honors and Awards
  • Professional Organizations
  • Travel
  • References - (add a separate sheet)
              -Names, Titles
              -Institutions and dates of employment
              -Current position of referee
              -Phone: work/personal
              -E-mail address
  • Personal details (brief)

Excerpted from NewsLinks, a publication of International Schools Services.

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