Software for resumes?

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  1. Strom1 macrumors regular

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    What would you suggest? I am just looking for a simple program that will make resumes look great.
     
  2. Sky Blue Guest

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    Pages? It has a bunch of resume templates, I believe.
     
  3. spinnerlys Guest

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    Price range?

    Pages might be good, there is a 30-day trial of iWork you can download.
     
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  5. KeriJane macrumors 6502a

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    Pages or Word.

    Pages is a whole lot cheaper than Word if you don't already have either.

    MS Word has resume templates that are as good as any.

    Resumes are pretty simple, really.

    You need:

    Your Name
    Your Contact Info
    Any relevant qualifications such as schooling, degrees, training.
    Any relevant experience.
    Any references.
    You may also emphasize that you're reliable and eager to start work.

    The most important thing:

    KEEP IT ON ONE PAGE and easy to read.

    I know an ex-manger of a middle-sized business....
    multi-page or difficult to read resumes get thrown out quickly.

    Keep it simple and to the point. It will probably look incomplete.

    Good Luck,
    Keri
     
  6. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    Adobe InDesign or Quark!

    Everything else is overkill! :D

    On a serious note, keeping it one page is great for people just starting out. And it may be great for certain jobs, but it's not always the case with more experienced job seekers. My resume is two pages, and it was hard to get it DOWN to that.

    Keeping it simple and to the point IS always the case though, even with two pages it's a must.
     
  7. KeriJane macrumors 6502a

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    LOL! But what about MS Office? You never know when you'll have to add a spreadsheet, pie chart or flow chart to make a point!

    It's ALWAYS hard to get it down to 2 or 1 pages unless you're under 20.

    If you really must have two or more pages, make sure the most important stuff is on Page 1. Use page 2 for ancient history or extended lists of references.


    Whoever ends up reading it (if they even bother) is really tired of reading people's life stories, why they need the job and paragraphs full of irrelevant or even meaningless information.
    I have this on good authority.

    The more the words the less is said,
    Keri
     
  8. JNB macrumors 604

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    "Templatized" resumes go straight to the round file. To me, if an applicant doesn't care enough to provide an example of their own ability to create one lousy original document, I don't feel obligated to read it for more than about ten seconds. Experience and education being equal, I'd rather have a crappy layout in crayon than some overblown, generic, same-old, same-old any day. At least it'd get my attention. No cover letter? You won't even get the ten seconds.
     
  9. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    That's it exactly. I only stressed that because I had a hard time getting onto 1 by the time I had real work experience. The day I made it two pages I was able to get my relevant work experience on there, and take off the irrelevant college extracurricular stuff. (i.e. MSNBC doesn't care about my college paper)

    And right about the relevance. I really could just send in my first page since it has the GOOD stuff on it, the second page is where I actually keep all the other colleges attended, awards/certificates won/objectives crap with a little bit of 7 years ago work sprinkled in.
     

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