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INTRODUCTION    THE BASICS    WHERE TO START?

    TYPES OF RESUMES:    Chronological    Functional    Combination

RESUME DO'S AND DON'TS    10 QUICK TIPS FOR RESUME SUCCESS    9 WORST RESUME MISTAKES
10 WAYS YOUR RESUME IRKS HIRING MANAGERS    DON'T MAKE THESE MISTAKES
    RESUME LINKS    STYLE TIPS

WHAT'S IN A NAME    CONTACT INFORMATION    WORK EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION & SKILLS


WHAT'S IN A NAME?

Name:

This is the first thing anyone reads about you. Make sure you put exactly what you want to be called or you'll run the risk of co-workers calling you what your grandmother calls you.

For some positions, diminutive forms of names (Bill for William, Cindy for Cynthia, etc.) can be good ways to look pleasant and informal. In fact, the more unique the name, the more likely an employer is to remember it. And for really silly names, employers might even pull an applicant in for the interview just to see what a Peter Hickey, Ingrid Monster, and Douglas Fir look like. These are real people who have hunted for jobs, just like you. Do you think they had a hard time getting their names remembered?

For both men and women, listing just first and second initials can be a good way of withholding information while creating an bit of a debonair, mysterious aura (A.J. Benza, P.D. James, H.G. Wells). This tactic works for persons whose ethnic names could have negative impact on their resume because of discrimination or pronunciation difficulties.

Likewise, if you think your ethnic or gender identity will open up doors for you, use a version of your name that will show that off.

Name Format:

Bold or capitalize your name, using letters two to six points larger than the rest of the text. Place your name on the first line of your page. The traditional place to put the name is at the center of the page, but many now prefer to right justify their names so when the resume lands in a folder, it has a better chance of being noticed.

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