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  How to complete the chronological resume worksheets, P2.
by William S. Frank

  • Short Courses
    List other education you think would help you professionally. Informatics Training, for example. Don't list outdated courses or programs not related to your current pursuit.

  • Computer Skills or Computer Experience
    Computer skills are a strong selling point in our high-tech society, and in emerging fields like medical informatics; so if you're a computer whiz, this is the place to show off. One the other hand, if you don't have good computer skills, downplay or elimninate this section. Don't list computer applications you don't know well.

  • Professional Organizations
    List your memberships and offices held with dates. Being active and involved, not just a "joiner," is a definite plus.

  • Publications
    List your published works. If the list is longer than four or five items, consider creating a stand-alone document called "Publications."

  • Other
    There may be a new category (not listed above) that fits you. If so, make a new heading. Locum Tenens physicians, for example, sometimes list geographic areas where they've worked. That's very important in their business. Create headings to meet your personal needs.

    A few last minute thoughts

    • Don't list personal activities unless they bear directly on the career pursuits in question, or unless they show great expertise: symphony conductor, professional photographer for Time Magazine, winner of six marathons, that sort of thing.

    • Never say "References available upon request." The reader assumes they are.

    • Make your resume either two or three full pages at most. Don't create half-pages. They look as if you ran out of steam or didn't plan well.

    • Print on white or off-white, buff, or light gray paper. Nothing else.

    • Laser print and photocopy onto high quality, 24# bond paper (it looks and feels expensive).

    • Delete jargon unless going into an industry that speaks the same language. Even then, use buzzwords sparingly.

    • Use power words and power phrases. (Re-read Gary Provost's article "Pack Every Word With Power" at

    • Write in crisp phrases, not complete sentences.

    • Check, audit, and delete. Keep it concise and tightly written. Have an editor, not your best friend, look it over. (Friends should look, but not have the final say.)

    • Short is usually better; when in doubt, leave it out.

    • Don't abbreviate.

    These guidelines may not get you the perfect job immediately, but they will put you far ahead of your competition. And that's what marketing is all about.

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