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  • Bonnie Mackenzie


Writing your resume may seem easy for some, but many may struggle with how to design and write it. Here are a few tips on how to write an effective resume. Take time to make sure your resume is professional. Here are tips from Bonnie:

  • Start with your name/address/phone number/email address on the top. Then add a summary of what type of position you are searching for. Then chronologically list all of your jobs. In fact, go online and check out examples of resumes (especially searching for those similar to your field of expertise).

  • One page, maybe two. Your resume should not have so much information that your reader will be bored. Give just the facts: where you worked, city, state, dates of employment, title, and what you did. You can include accommodations and awards.

  • Regarding chronological order, I feel that you don’t need to go back more than 20 years, however, if you had impressive jobs before 1998, put in a section that says: Previous jobs included…

  • Do not include your photo. You are not applying for a modeling job.

  • Make sure the font is one of these: Arial, Times Roman, etc. And no larger than 12. The color of the font is black.

  • Use standard margins. Not narrow. Make sure your resume will print correctly. AND my suggestion is to save it as a pdf so no one can change it.

  • Please don’t list any personal information like date of birth, information that is confidential, family descriptions, etc.

  • Finally, ask 3 friends who have strong reading skills to read your resume for clarity, accuracy, and flow. Fix the errors.

Bonnie Mackenzie

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