Over the course of any given week I have the great honor of reviewing well over 100 resumes. Honestly, no one should be allowed to have this much fun.
As I page through the many approaches to presenting one’s credentials, I am frequently dismayed by the way that some of the most important information is presented.
Let me start by saying that I hate most abbreviations. The reason is quite simple. I usually have to stop and puzzle through what the abbreviation means in this context. I am sure the author was quite clear, but I am often left scratching my head.
I would rank educational credentials of great importance and I hope you do too. I don’t know if BS, B.S. or Bachelor of Science really makes a whole lot of difference, but if it doesn’t and if there is room, I would always go with Bachelor of Science. Call me silly, but I think it adds a little dignity, and that can’t hurt.
Even starting at the top of the resume with the address frequently leaves a lot to be desired. If I had to choose between St. or Street and APT., Apt. or Apartment, I think you know what my choice would be. If you have this issue on your resume, try expanding it and see if it looks nicer. Sure, it doesn’t REALLY matter, but perhaps you will agree that it looks at least 5% better.
Our administrative staff also has a heck of a time getting the uppercase/lowercase issue right for the membership directory. Not their fault, of course, because most resumes do a terrible job of making it clear.
I believe that PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS is supposed to be presented as PricewaterhouseCoopers, but some applicants are apparently unaware of this. I have seen it more often than you can imagine as PriceWaterhouseCoopers, which I don’t believe is correct.
Even more incredible are the names that aren’t set out properly in uppercase/lowercase fashion. Yes, I know that the name at the top of the resume should be in capital letters, but if your name is McDonald, I have to tell you that MCDONALD just doesn’t look right to me.
The other really disappointing thing I find far too often is that applicants haven’t taken the time to ensure that their most important marketing piece is totally consistent.
There are frequent inconsistencies in bolding, tabbing/paragraphing, uppercasing/lowercasing, and dates lining up. It is sort of like fingernails on a blackboard to your resident compulsive here in Connecticut.
Call me silly or call me a total compulsive (and I guess I am), but I find that the time spent making your resume appear more dignified can be time well spent. (Nothing like a little rock polishing to make the day go by.)