Job Search Talk – Episode #5 – Resume Writing Guidelines

On Episode #5 of Job Search Talk, I speak with Ramsey Penegar. She is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and multi-year member of PARW. Ramsey possesses a marketing, PR, and journalism background that make her uniquely well suited for the role. Ramsey is well-versed in serving executive-level clients as well as doing CVs and Federal Resumes. Based outside Savannah, GA, she has been writing Resumes professionally for 15+ years.

As the Lead Resume Writer for JobStars, Ramsey develops interview-winning documents for a broad range of clients. Need Ramsey’s help on your Resume? Add the Bronze package to cart and request Ramsey for your project!

Resume Writing Guidelines

On Episode #4 of Job Search Talk, I released guidelines for building an ATS-friendly and visually appealing Resume. Today, I welcome special guest Ramsey Penegar onto episode #5 for an in-depth talk on those guidelines.

Topics Discussed in Episode #5 with Ramsey:
  • One-full page or two-full pages, do your very best to avoid half pages.
  • Aim for clean page breaks. Try to avoid carrying over a job description from page #1 to page #2.
  • Avoid using company-specific language and internal terminology or unrecognizable acronyms.
  • Avoid leaving one or two words on a line by itself (poor use of space).
  • Use a chronological format as the default layout; consider a functional or creative layout as applicable.
  • Try to use a specific job title in the header i.e.”Sr. Project Manager” when possible.
  • Or, use a broader term in the header i.e. “Leader in Project Management” if there’s some ambiguity.
  • Each job description will include paragraph content (2 lines minimum) and bullet points/highlights.
  • Make the distinction between high-level duties (paragraph) and achievements (bullet points).
  • Spell out the name of the certification in full (Project Management Professional = PMP).
  • Include the awarding body (Project Management Institute).
Hear Ramsey and Doug’s thoughts on these guidelines