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7. Licenses and Certications
9. Hardware and software
10. Foreign languages
11. Security clearance
12. Military and other service
13. Awards and honors
There are other possible areas to list in a resumé, particularly in highly
specialized professions, but the aforementioned elements are common. Of
course, if you have nothing to list under an area, omit the header—don’t list
the header followed by a blank line or “none.”
Resumés should be short. I prefer a resumé that ts on one side of a sheet
of paper, although for a long job history, that might be difcult to achieve.
Hiring managers tend to get turned off by resumés that span more than two
pages. You can always reduce the size of the resumé by deferring certain ele-
ments to separate attachments, for example, the lists of references, publica-
tions, hardware, and software. Let’s explore some hints for preparing each
element of a resumé.
The main issue in listing your name is whether to be formal or informal.
There is a difference between “Fred Blog” and “Mr. Frederick J. Blog, III.”
Informality connotes approachability and modesty, but it also can imply
carelessness and laxity. Formality has the connotation of seriousness and
power, although it also suggests vanity and detachment.
Listing your name informally is more appropriate for certain jobs, for
example, Technical Support or Installer. The formal version is more appro-
priate for a senior management position. When in doubt, or if the decision
could go either way, I would opt for the formal name without a salutation: for
example, “Frederick J. Blog, III.”
I list my credentials next to my name (see my resumé in Section 5.2.21).
You should list your credentials too if they are important to the job under