Resume Observations

Patrick Newman ( | 2024-Februrary

The best resumes I've read give me a good sense of who the candidate is and what they offer after I've read through the first two jobs or so. I think this is a good goal as a resume writer, to convey to your audience who you are as a candidate within your first half-page of text. The rest of the resume can serve to demonstrate your longer track record or trajectory.

Beyond that, I've accumulated a number of observations on what works. Here are some dos and don'ts:


Do Not:

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