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Q on Resume [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2004, 00:45
Is there any fixed format for Resume as far as following parameters are concerned:
Font,
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pdf file or MS word document,
Order of Sections [Skill then professional ex then education blah blah].

Can anybody through some light on the above parameters both for professional and non-professional resume?
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Some schools will give you explicit parameters, but other than that, I'd stick with a general format that is easy to read. Use a serif font (such as Times New Roman), no smaller than 10 point font (go bigger if you can), and don't crowd the page and try to make the margins zero so that you can fit more on the page. Assuming that you have at least some full-time work experience, put this first. Start with your most recent job/position at the top, and then work your way down to previous jobs. Then your education section will follow your work section, and then an "Other" section for activities and achievements outside of work. We actually have a sample of a resume in the book.

BTW, above all, keep it to one page!! So many applicants say, "But I have a lot of experience." So does everyone else. Keep it to a single page out of respect for the application readers' time.

I'd suggest doing it in Word, and then going to Adobe's web site to convert it to a PDF if needed (I think they let you do several conversions for free).

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 [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2004, 07:24
Thanks for your quick reponse Scott,

You mentioned about section "Others". For a professional resume, is it alright to include "Others" section. For example MIT says drop in a business resume with Work Ex and Acads. In this case shall we include the "Others" section.

Any hints on spacing between line, words and headings?

Also, for Computer skills section, should it be between Work Ex and Education or should it be after Work Ex and Education. (I have an IT background)
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Go ahead and use an Others section if there are some interesting things about yourself that you want them to know, but that don't fit into the normal Education and Professional sections. For instance, volunteer work or other hobbies would go there.

For computer skills, keep in mind your audience. If you're applying to an IT job, they'll want to know these things. But for a business school admissions officer, they're much more interested in your experience and achievements than in your specific programming skills. So, I actually don't think you need it. If you do include it, it shouldn't be emphasized over other achievements.

For font size and all of that, it makes the most sense for you to look at examples. At the risk of sounding like I'm blatantly plugging our book, we have a good sample resume in there. Also, check out some examples on sites like MBADepot.com.

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