(Resume) Resume Writing Handbook : (COMMON QUESTIONS ON RESUMES)

RESUME : Resume Writing Handbook :

COMMON QUESTIONS ON RESUMES

HOW FAR SHOULD I GO BACK?

There is no easy answer to this question. You should go back as far as necessary to include all relevant jobs and experience.


DO I HAVE TO DO A DIFFERENT RESUME FOR EACH JOB I APPLY FOR?

The most effective resumes are tailored to fit each specific position. You will probably want to highlight different information for every position that you apply to. The only way to do this is to prepare a resume targeted to the particular position. If this isn't possible, you may want to prepare more than one resume and target each resume at a different occupation. For example, if you have experience in both sales and computer programming, you might want to make one resume which highlights your sales experience, and another which emphasizes your computer experience.

I HAVE HAD THE SAME JOB EVERY SUMMER FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS. IS THIS A PROBLEM?

This can be presented in a favourable manner. Your past employer obviously was pleased with your performance. If you advanced or your responsibilities increased, make sure this is clear on your resume.


I WORKED IN MY FAMILY'S BUSINESS, IS THAT WORK EXPERIENCE?

This is work experience and should be included. Family businesses often provide the opportunity for individuals to acquire skills that they would not be able to in larger organizations.