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It's been a long time since I've had to write a resume....

The Hiring Process

Question: It’s been a long time since I’ve had to write a résumé. Do we still put our marital status, number of children and Social Security number in a résumé? Answer: Wow, it really has been a long time since you’ve had to write a résumé. There are fashions in résumés, just like there are in hemlines and tie widths. None of the things you mentioned above go in résumés nowadays. (The exception is that if you are writing a résumé for a federal job, it must include your Social Security number.) Once upon a time, in the 1960s and ‘70s, we put all that information in our résumés, along with our salary history, health status, and previous supervisors’ contact information. Some of us even used colored paper, on the theory that the DayGlo Orange résumé would stand out in a large pile of plain white ones. (It still does, but not the way you want it to.) To get the full story on current résumé writing, do come to our Résumés and Applications seminar. It features cover letters and reference lists too. Résumés and Applications is taught by one of our seven staff who are Certified Professional Résumé Writers (CPRW.)  After this class, you’re welcome to attend a Résumé Clinic; it’s also led by a CPRW staff member. You and up to four of your classmates will critique the résumés of everyone who comes to the class. This is even better than having just the staff member review it. Any one person might miss a typo or two; in a group of six, someone will certainly catch it. Also, often there is more than one person in the same industry, and they can give a different angle from someone who has never worked in your field. Once you get your new résumé written, keep it up to date. Look it over every six months or so and add your latest accomplishments. That way, you’re ready if the perfect job presents itself on a short deadline. Oh, and throw out the DayGlo Orange paper too, will you?