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Job Search Tips: Resume Writing Tips

Article List
Academic Libraries
      Disaster Recovery at Rio Hondo Community College
      Serials Holding Display Project at University of Southern California
      Staffing Strategies in Academic Libraries

AIM in the News
      Belinda Beardt, Speaker at SBVC Fall Convocation
      Belinda Beardt, Speaker at SCALL Fall Meeting
      Linda McKell Awarded the Mark Baer Award

AIM Services
      AIM Outplacement Services

Job Search Tips
      Electronic Resume
      Frequently Asked Interview Questions
      Interviewing Tips & Techniques
      Interviewing: From Both Sides of the Table
      Networking Quickies
      Questions to Ask the Interviewer
      Resume Writing Tips
      Retooling Your Career
      The Ten Commandments of Interviewing
      What else can I do with my Library Tech degree or certificate?
      What NOT to ask during an interview?
      Where to Find Library Jobs

Professional Development
      SCHOLARSHIP TO ATTEND the Annual General Meeting of the Society of California Ar

Public Libraries
      AIM's Project Team tackles San Francisco Public Library Project
      Creative Staffing at Torrance Public Library
      Fresno County Partners with AIM
      Solano County Library Expands

Special Libraries
      Consultants Provide Solutions
      Law Libraries - Staffing Strategies
      Microfilming History
      Non-Traditional Libraries
      The Law Librarian Employment Market

Resume Writing Tips


1.      Absolutely no spelling, grammar, punctuation, or typographical errors.

2.      The resume must match your skills and abilities to a potential employer's needs.

3.      Key in on accomplishments, credentials, or qualifications.

4.      Sell features and benefits.  What skills do you possess and how will they contribute to      

the organizationís goals and objectives?

5.      Be sure the resume is well organized. Keep your resume one to two pages in length.

6.      A chronological resume format emphasizes employment in reverse chronological order.  Begin with your most recent job and work back, keying in on responsibilities

and specific achievements.  Use this format when you have a strong employment


7.      A functional format hones in on specific accomplishments and highlights of

qualifications at the beginning of the resume, but does not correlate these attributes to any specific employer.  Use this format when you are changing careers, have employment gaps, or have challenges to employing the chronological format.

8.      A combination format is part functional and part chronological and is a powerful

presentation format.  At the beginning of the resume youíll address your value, credentials, and qualifications (functional aspect), followed by supporting documentation in your employment section (chronological component).

9.      A curriculum vitae is a resume format used mostly by professions and vocations in

which a mere listing of credentials describes the value of a candidate. 

10.  The five major sections of a resume are:  1) Heading, 2) Summary of Skills & Accomplishments, 3) Employment, 4) Education, and 5) Applicable Activities.

11.  Salary history or compensation requirements should not appear in the resume. 

12.  Always include a cover letter with your resume.

13.  Employment gaps, job-hopping, and education deficiencies can be effectively handled by using the combination format (or functional format).

14.  The resume should be a positive document.  It must tell the truth, but not necessarily the whole truth.  Donít lie, but you need not tell all, either.  Keep negative thoughts and concepts out of your resume. 

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