|Information on Technical Communication|
Letter of Application
Points to Remember
As a general rule, the newer you are to the job market, the shorter the resume. New graduates can generally keep it to a page. If you exceed a page, make sure your accomplishments justify the additional reading time.
Sequence of Information
As a general rule, the sequence for a new college graduate is:
1. Identifying and contact data
your full name, home and school address, phone numbers, e-mail address
This is optional, for more on this see "Helps and hints" below.
major (and minor if you have one)
graduation date (month and year)
4. Work experience
most recent first, identified as summer, part-time, co-op
brief description of duties
5. Other relevant information
information on skills and experiences that does not fit in other categories
Listing the references is optional, but you must tell readers where to obtain the references
The traditional number of references is three, two from professors and one from an employer.
As a general rule, the sequence of information for a someone with significant post-college reverses the order of education and experience. In this case, work experience would precede education. In addition, the description of each post-college job becomes more detailed, and the education section becomes briefer.
The following are default choices. Deviate only when you have carefully thought through your reasons for doing so.
8 1/2 x 11 white, heavy bond
general visual effect:
center of mass in the center of the page
a standard type font and size
only one font and size
only one special feature (bold, italic, underline)
consistent use of the feature (always bold the same kinds of things)
consistent use of initial caps
no all caps
information sequence as described in 2 or 3 above.
most resumes use single words and phrases, not sentences
parallel structure for parallel ideas (for example, use the same structure to describe all of your work experiences)