Resume Tips

The Do's and The Don’ts American Football Monthly © November 2003 Resumes are a vital weapon for anyone in the hunt for a new job – including football coaches. But exactly what constitutes a good resume? And, perhaps more importantly, what constitutes a bad one? American Football Monthly sought the advice of Monster.com, the leading global online careers site, to bring you the do’s and don’ts of resumes: Resume “Do’s” • Customize your resume and tailor it to your industry. - Accurately portray your line of work and choose language specific to your field. • Be clear and concise. - Keep your resume to one or two pages. - Try to showcase everything in a positive light. - Present your information and experience in an organized way. • Use verb phrases whenever possible. - Action verbs help enhance descriptions of work experiences. - Keep verb endings similar and in the correct tense. - Do not use pronouns – keep the resume impersonal. • Always check for spelling or grammar errors. - Do not give a potential employer a reason to discard your resume. • Be clear and direct about the type of position you are seeking. • Find out which skills the employer is seeking and highlight your compatibility. - Remember, the resume is your first opportunity to showcase why you are the perfect person for that job. • Attach dates to your past experience Resume “Don’ts” • Don’t lie - Don’t try to stretch dates, titles, or education to hide any facts. - Don’t risk your integrity by exaggerating or falsifying information. • Don’t make the resume illegible - If your career warrants a two-page resume, create a resume that truly reflects the full range of your experience and accomplishments. - Don’t reduce the font size so much that it becomes difficult to read. • Don’t write a generic job description - To show that you are more qualified than the competition, do more than just list your job responsibilities. Present specific accomplishments and achievements: awards won, etc.

• Don’t make excuses - It is not necessary to include the reasons you are no longer working at each job listed. - Don’t offer explanations for changing past jobs. - Don’t present negative information. • Don’t list every job you have ever held - Focus on your most recent and most relevant career experience. - It is not important to list each and every job you’ve ever had. • Don’t include personal information - Employers do not need to know your marital status, age, race, family or hobbies. - Don’t offer personal information that is unrelated to job performance, such as height, weight, sex or date of birth.