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  Another example: "Improved an engineering company's obsolete filing system by developing a simple but sophisticated functional-coding system. This saved time and money by recovering valuable, previously lost, project records." (来源:英语杂志 http://www.EnglishCN.com)

  12. What if your job title doesn't reflect your actual level of responsibility?

  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)"

  13. 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.

  14. What if you never had any "real" paid jobs -- just self-employment or odd jobs?

  Give yourself credit, and create an accurate, fair job-title for yourself.

  For example:

  A&S Hauling & Cleaning (Self-employed) -- or

  Household Repairman, Self-employed -- or

  Child-Care, Self-employed

  Be sure to add "Customer references available on request" and then be prepared to provide some very good references of people you worked for.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.)

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. What if you got your degree from a different country?

  You can say "Degree equivalent to U.S. Bachelor's Degree in Economics-Teheran, Iran."

  23. 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.

 
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