Friday, March 2, 2012

prufred yore rayzoomay

1. Know your homophones

A quick refresher:
Their, they're, there
Their: The possessive form of "they." ("Applicants submitted their error-free cover letters.")
They're: The contraction of "they are." ("I think they're getting the hang of this grammar thing.")
There: A location. ("The pile of cover letters is over there.")

2. Use apostrophes properly

Apostrophes are used for a few reasons:
They indicate the possessive: "In my last job, I managed the CEO's calendar."
They indicate the omission of letters in words (i.e., in contractions).
They indicate the exclusion of numbers in dates: "I graduated college in '05."
They indicate time or quantity: "I must give my current employers two weeks' notice."

3. Keep tenses consistent

Similarly, as a general rule, all activities or accomplishments that you completed in the past should be in the past tense. Activities that you perform now should be in the present tense. This should be kept consistent throughout your résumé.

4. Proofread and then proofread again


D - resume can take 1 or 2 accents.
Used to be alt-0233.


dino snider said...

D - things never to put on resume. Dunno about the no-pic thang, but keep in mind HR is a buncha frumpy lasses usually, and if you're a bombshell, they'll be jealous and/or doubt your ability!

dino snider said...

I am reading "Resumes For Dummies" right now. It makes suggestions about grammar.
1) Avoid pronouns generally
2) pare down and skip articles
3) avoid 'weakening' helper verbs
4) use action verbs vs 'being' states
5) ensure verb tense matches time
6) reduce/ break up excessive detail / complex sentences
7) avoid pompous fancy terms
8) avoid abbreviations (but still use industry-specific terms)
Use 'flash card story-writing' methods such as imposing a limit to yourself about # of words.