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Resume tips

I've written a few resume's/CV's in my time. In doing so I've acquired a new tricks that I thought worthy enough to share with the world.

Here they are, in no particular order:

  • Whatever you do, don't ever, ever, ever, ever use the Microsoft Word Resume templates. They're very tired and dull. Goto an internship fair, everyone has their resume looking the same.
  • Use judiciously placed hyperlinks. You can pass these off as utility/verifiability. But really, you use them as a sly man's boldface to draw the reader's attention to particular bits.
  • Choose your font face carefully. It is suggested you do something that is pleasing to the eye, not nessecarily the most efficient. Your resume shouldn't have so much text that such readability differences matters. Aesthetics is supreme. (Personally, I recommend sans-serif fonts).
  • Another interesting trick, try using a font that isn't in the Microsoft Word package to make your resume stand out. If you're in the sciences, consider using LaTeX with the Computer Modern font. Many academics (especially mathematicians) can spot this font on site. However, this font usually isn't available unless you format your resume in TeX. This shows competence in both the standards of the field as well as fleuncy in TeX -- something many academic jobs like.

    More on TeX:

  • Try not to use the same font for your headings as for your main body text. At the very least, use a different font for your headings as you do for your main body text.
  • This is more of a general goal in lines with using the Computer Modern font and not using the MSword templates. Make your resume stand out. Feel free to try novel organizations of the data. Many people (particularly those applying for design jobs) can use their formatting/layout to show their creativity.
  • Individually tailor your resume to each position you apply for (particularly if you're not submitting a cover letter).

    These are just off the top of my head, this is by no means a complete list.

    On Feb 17, 2006, at 10:12 AM, Chris Waggoner wrote:

    Andrew McNabb's is better but since tables and tabs are so hard to handle in LaTeX, this version is missing the MS resume's nice ability to make use of the middle and left-hand parts of the page. In any case this is a better link than your current, which says "just use \documentclass{article}"

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