1. What if your job title doesn't reflect your actual level of
When you list it on the resume, either replace it with a more appropriate job
title (say "Office Manager" instead of "Administrative Assistant" if that's more
realistic) OR use their job title AND your fairer one together, i.e.
"Administrative Assistant (Office Manager)"
2. How can you avoid age discrimination?
If you're over 40 or 50 or 60, remember that you don't have to present your
entire work history! You can simply label THAT part of your resume "Recent Work
History" or "Relevant Work History" and then describe only the last 10 or 15
years of your experience. Below your 10-15 year work history, you could add a
paragraph headed "Prior relevant experience" and simply refer to any additional
important (but ancient) jobs without mentioning dates.
3. What if you never had any "real" paid jobs -- just self-employment or odd
Give yourself credit, and create an accurate, fair job-title for yourself.
A&S Hauling & Cleaning (Self-employed) -- or
Household Repairman, Self-employed -- or
Be sure to add "Customer references available on request" and then be
prepared to provide some very good references of people you worked for.
4. How far back should you go in your Work History?
Far enough; and not too far! About 10 or 15 years is usually enough - unless
your "juiciest" work experience is from farther back.
5. How can a student list summer jobs?
Students can make their resume look neater by listing seasonal jobs very
simply, such as "Spring 1996" or "Summer 1996" rather than 6/96 to 9/96. (The
word "Spring" can be in very tiny letters, say 8-point in size.)
6. What if you don't quite have your degree or credentials yet?
You can say something like:
Eligible for U.S. credentials -- or
Graduate studies in Instructional Design, in progress -- or
Master's Degree anticipated December 1997
7. What if you worked for only one employer for 20 or 30 years?
Then list separately each different position you held there, so your job
progression within the company is more obvious.
8. What about listing hobbies and interests?
Don't include hobbies on a resume unless the activity is somehow relevant to
your job objective, or clearly reveals a characteristic that supports your job
objective. For example, a hobby of Sky Diving (adventure, courage) might seem
relevant to some job objectives (Security Guard?) but not to others.
9. What about revealing race or religion?
Don't include ethnic or religious affiliations (inviting pre-interview
discrimination) UNLESS you can see that including them will support your job
objective. Get an opinion from a respected friend or colleague about when to
reveal, and when to conceal, your affiliations.
10. What if your name is Robin Williams?
Don't mystify the reader about your gender; they'll go nuts until they know
whether you're male or female. So if your name is Lee or Robin or Pat or
anything else not clearly male or female, use a Mr. or Ms. prefix.
11. What if you got your degree from a different country?
You can say "Degree equivalent to U.S. Bachelor's Degree in
12. What about fancy-schmancy paper?
Employers tell me they HATE parchment paper and pretentious brochure-folded
resume "presentations." They think they're phony, and toss them right out. Use
plain white or ivory, in a quality appropriate for your job objective. Never use
colored paper unless there's a very good reason for it (like, you're an artist)
because if it gets photo-copied the results will be murky.
13. Should you fold your resume?
Don't fold a laser-printed resume right along a line of text. The "ink" could
flake off along the fold.
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