Write A Resume

It's hard to get started on a resume. There are so many questions:

  • What should you include? What's relevant and what's fluff?
  • What should the resume look like?
  • How many pages? Is longer better?

There are some generic answers to these questions. For example, you will want to focus on your accomplishments rather than on a list of your past job titles and duties. And longer is generally not better (Mark Twain's perceptive quote: "I'm sorry this letter is so long. I didn't have time to make it short"). Take the time to craft your resume carefully instead of just including everything. Check out resume tips for some more suggestions.

Most of the answers to your question, however, will be job-specific. That's why we suggest that you look at the job-specific resume examples we've provided. And do your homework. Look at web sites, publications and job ads in your field to get an idea of the appropriate resume format, style, content and keywords. Using generic formats that can be applied to any kind of job will not grab the reader's attention.