Here are some useful online resources and articles about resumes.
Leave These 20 Things Off Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile - The title says it all. Must-read article for sharpening your resume. While the advice applies to all age groups, it's especially helpful in avoiding some of the most common mistakes seniors make on their resumes and LinkedIn profiles.
How to Write a Resume - Solid advice on writing a resume and interviewing from Open Colleges in Australia.
Office Resources for Resume Building - This AlliedOffices page contains many links to great resources and advice on cover letters, resume styles, resume templates, sample resumes and other resources. An excellent resource suggested by some of our site's visitors.
10 resume mistakes to avoid - The goal of a resume is to let a potential employer know why you're the best person for the job. Here are 10 practices that impede that goal.
Your Resume vs. Oblivion - This Wall Street Journal article provides some useful tips on keeping your resume out of an employer's "round file." This advice is particularly important if you're applying to firms that use automated resume scanning tools. (This article is in .pdf format; Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent required.)
Guide to Writing a Resume - While tawritten primarily for students, this article many helpful tips applicable to seniors with limited workforce experience, plus many links to other resume-related resources.
Free Resume Templates: Resume Samples in MS Word - This site, suggested by a visitor to SeniorJobs.org, contains some good, high quality resume templates. But, if you decide to use a template from this site, we recommend that choose from among the "ATS Optimized" templates and remove any color (other than black) from headings, remove colored backgrounds, and be sure to adjust the template to conform to the approach you've chosen and the advice offered on SeniorJobs.org. Also, be sure to check out the links on this site; some lead to other excellent resources.
Monster.com - Career center - 3000 pages of resume help, salary data, and industry information. Search job listings, post resume
There are a lot of great ideas in these articles and, we hope, on SER's web site. But keep in mind that each senior job seeker is different, and each employer is different. So, take the advice that makes sense to you and your situation and is consistent with what the employer says in the job announcement, and ignore the rest.
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