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BUILD AN EFFECTIVE RESUME

Learn about the role of a resume – it's different than you may think!

Highlights from our Resume Guide show you how to make your resume shine.

Common Resume Styles

ITEMS TO CONSIDER FOR YOUR RESUME

. . . and what to leave off

Hobbies & Interests

While it can personalize your resume, this information isn't relevant to demonstrating that you are qualified for the job.

Personal Details

Information such as age, ethnicity, religion, etc. should not be included. Stick with what is relevant to the job you are applying for.

Photograph

Application materials for the County should not include a photo unless it is part of a license that is required for the position.

References

A list of 3-5 professional associates who can serve as references should be listed on a document SEPARATE from your resume.

Pulling It All Together

Feature Important Info

Make sure your most relevant qualifications are prominently displayed and easy to find.

Leave Some White Space

Resist the urge to fill every empty space with information. White space can help your resume look professional and uncluttered.

Sample Resume

Call Out Section Headings

Section headings should be visually distinguished from the other parts of your resume. Try bold type or horizontal lines.

Use Proper Line Spacing

Bulleted statements and paragraphs should be single-spaced. Include extra space between sections.