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  • Is 100% honest.
  • Presents your most important data first.
  • Emphasizes your assets and avoids information which might eliminate you from consideration.
  • Utilizes white space for a format that is consistent and visually attractive.
  • Is brief, concise, and easy to read.
  • Avoids the use of personal pronouns.
  • Is free of grammatical and spelling errors.
  • Is limited to a maximum of two pages.


  • Your resume should be brief, well organized, and neatly printed on 8 1/2" X 11" white or off white resume paper.
  • There are two basic resume formats: the chronological and the combination.
  • The resume format you choose should highlight your strengths and de-emphasize your weaker areas.


  • Is the most common format.
  • Is especially good for a person with a strong history of directly relevant work experiences.


  • Organizes your most relevant experiences into skill areas.
  • Provides your employment history in a brief format.
  • Works very well for career changers, gaps in employment, or little or no work experience.


  • The only required information is your name, address, telephone number(s), and email.
  • No other personal information should be included on a resume.
    (Use a professional greeting on your answering machine, and a conservative email address for job search purposes)


  • Stated either at the top of the resume or in the cover letter.
  • Should be brief and concise.


  • Include degree, major, minor, concentration, institution, city, state, and date of graduation.
  • You may also include scholarships, honors, awards, special training, relevant courses, internships, and extra-curricular activities, especially those that have added to your skills and experience.


  • Describe your most recent job experience first.
  • Include both paid and non-paid experience.
  • Include your job title, the company name, city, state, and dates of employment.
  • Provide more detailed information about your experience that most relates to the work you are seeking.
  • Use strong, descriptive action verbs to describe your responsibilities and accomplishments.


  • Include memberships, offices held in clubs or organizations, community involvement, and anything else that is related to your career objective or reveals something unique about yourself.


  • Include qualification on equipment, licenses, certificates, language ability, computer skills, travel, publications, awards, and other achievements relevant to the desired position.


  • Do not list your references on the resume.
  • List three to five employers and faculty members on a separate sheet of paper. (Be sure you have permission to use them as references. )
  • List each reference’s name, title, and professional address and telephone number.

    John P. Carvana has been a career serivce practitioner for almost thirty years. He has worked as a Corporate Recruiter with a Fortune 500 and has held management level positions with some of the most prestigious universities in America. He has helped hundreds of job seekers prepare for and succcessfully enter their desired career path.
    John is a certified Career and Life Purpose Coach and specializes in assisting individuals thirty (30) years and older with finding their carer passion, identifying obstacles and beliefs that sabotage success, and with entering (or re-entering)the job market. He specializes in effective resume development and helping others master the skills to conduct interviews that get results.
    John resides in Stockton, California and enjoys a great life with his wife and high school sweetheart, Joanne, and their two children, John II and Jena Kathleen.
    For more information, visit John's website at, send him an email at or give him a call at 209.479.2165
    © John P. Carvana, LPF Consulting

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