Create a Resume
After selecting a format, the writing of the resume can begin. Two common questions often asked are:
1. How many pages should a resume be?
For job seekers who have been in the workplace and have extensive and applicable experience, the length of the resume is not the primary factor. Instead, it is about demonstrating value to the company. This may take two and as many as five pages, particularly for senior level executives. For college graduates, it is common to use a one-page resume, however, relevant internship, volunteer or part-time job experience that is compelling and demonstrates skills an employer needs may necessitate a two-page resume. In all incidences, it is preferable to not cram information on one page with a font so small an employer has a hard time reading it.
2. Should I put "References available upon request" in my resume?
Some resume experts say employers assume the candidate has references and will ask for them, therefore, that statement is unnecessary. Others will say it is standard to include it.
If there is other important information to include and leaving the statement off frees up that space, there is no requirement to include the statement. However, be sure to line up references and secure their permission to use their names before an interview.
Write A Resume
Certified resume writers will create a customized resume for job seekers for a fee. To find a professional in a specific geographic location, check:
- Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches
- The National Resume Writers' Association
There are also many free online sites to help build a resume. Three to explore are:
Once a first draft has been written, use this Resume Writing Checklist to make sure your resume has all the important elements.