Appearance is Everything?

Posted by on December 19, 2012

resume tipsYes, appearance is everything — when it comes to resumes, that is.

Last week, Minnesota School of Business–Richfield’s career services department held a resume writing workshop. The goal was to assist students in learning how to get their resumes noticed and to stand out to potential employers. Nearly 15 students attended in hopes of getting tips, advice, and to learn the Why’s and How’s of writing a resume.

For those who couldn’t attend but still want to work on creating a stellar resume, we’ll be posting resume writing best practices and tips from MSB-Richfield’s career services team.  This week, Part 1 will focus on formatting.

But first – some general information about who needs a resume and why.  A resume is a professional document that summarizes skills, work experience, education, and future career goals. The purpose of a resume is to apply to jobs, prepare for interviews, and advance your career, in addition to many other things.

Part 1: 5 Tips for Formatting Your Resume

  • Include only one font style throughout the entire document
  • Don’t use any font that is smaller than 11 point or larger than 12 point (with the exception of your name)
  • Alignment is key – titles of sections, dates, etc.,  should line up directly with one another
  • There should be an even amount of text on both sides of the page
  • Resumes must be one FULL page (or 2 FULL pages; no half pages). If you aren’t sure how to fill a page, talk to the folks in career services who can help you add quality content.

If you want more information on how make your resume exceptional, contact Chris Holder or Sarah Loe at MSB-Richfield.

Stay tuned for more resume writing tips, as well as for information on our Caregiver Job Fair which will be held on Thursday, January 17 from 2-6 PM.


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