resumes

what are the strangest things you’ve ever seen on a resume?

I want to hear about the weirdest things you’ve seen on resumes. To kick us off, some highlights from past commenters: “The person whose description included only their entire astrological profile. I mean, sun sign, moon sign, rising sign, and midheaven sign. AND NOTHING ELSE.” “I received a resume for an IT Help Desk Technician […]

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listing an unfinished novel as a work accomplishment on your resume

A reader writes: I’m a copywriter. It’s my first time hiring for a copywriter position. I don’t want to be petty or unfair to applicants, but I don’t want to hear about people’s unfinished novels on their resumes or cover letters. In my opinion, it comes off as either immature, self absorbed, or really uninformed […]

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do employers care about college extracurriculars?

A reader writes: When you’re applying for jobs in your 20s, do employers care about whether you were active in honor societies/participated in academic clubs/took honors program courses? I read your post explaining that hiring managers (usually) don’t care about GPA, and I wondered if college student extracurriculars fell into this category too. (I’m talking […]

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here’s the right way to format your resume

The hardest part of writing an effective resume is figuring out the content – how to talk about your achievements in ways that tie to what an employer is looking for. But people also do an awful lot of agonizing about the smaller details of a resume – things like format, length and even font […]

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can I put World of Warcraft leadership experience on my resume?

A reader writes: I’m looking for ways to include my group leadership experience in World of Warcraft on my resume. Essentially, for the past four years I have been: – Leading a twice weekly group of 10-15 people all with a single goal in mind (kill a boss). – Watching videos and reading information on […]

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on your resume, which comes first — job title or company name?

A reader writes: On your resume, should you list your title first, or the company name? I’ve always put company name first, but I’ve seen a ton of templates (including examples in your archives) that show one’s title coming first. What do you prefer to see first? How do you apply the “title first” concept […]

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how should your resume list a bunch of different jobs at the same place?

A reader writes: I have just over three years of work experience with the same organization. Within this time, I’ve been promoted internally (very similar position, with “senior” in the title) and then transferred to an international office (very different job responsibilities, but with the same title I had following my promotion). I am applying […]

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