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December 20, 2011


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The one line on my resume that has ALWAYS started every single interview..."So, about that undergraduate degree...what?"

I am a CPA. My undergraduate degree is a B.S. in Geography/Cartography.

I think photos are more of an international thing. I've seen resumes with photos from people who aren't originally from the US. I'd imagine it's standard in some other countries.

I think this is all stellar advice. Above all, make sure the resume is selling you, not just giving a history of your life.

"Prepare it in a simple Word format that can easily be viewed on most computers."

As this advice implies, Word has all sorts of incompatibility problems across versions. I'd suggest exporting to PDF instead. Everyone has a PDF reader, and PDF gives stronger guarantees that your document will look the same no matter what software is used to open it.

Also, it makes sure that no one will modify your resume before distributing it internally. This is particularly useful as a defense against third-party recruiters who might try to put lipstick on it.

It seems crazy to me that the hiring professionals would want something that's boring and run of the mill. I tend to design the resumes that I do for people around the skills that they have, as well as trying to make it as short and sweet as possible. I know that I'm relying on folks to really make it shine in the interview, and I figured that the 'standard' cluttered resume was hard to read. Thank you for the clarification.

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