The Elements of Résumé Style: Essential Rules and Eye-Opening Advice for Writing Résumés and Cover Letters That Work

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Even the Simplest
Items Send Messages
to the Reader

Like in many realms of life, little things mean a lot on your résumé, too.


Your Name

If your name ends in [Jr.] or [II] or [III] or [IV] and so on, you may choose to omit such designation from your résumé. When these designations are used, readers may perceive you as defining yourself largely in terms of your relationship to someone else, and this may be viewed less favorably in the United States than in other countries. If you share a phone number with another person whose identity is frequently confused with yours, you're in a tough spot and you may have to include the designation. Avoid it if you can.

Do not attempt to disguise your gender or ethnicity (or the appearance of a particular ethnicity) by using initials instead of names. However, if you are really called by your initials, then place them in quotes and in parentheses:


Julio ([J.T.]) Bennett

Omit academic degrees (e.g., AA, AS, BA, BFA, BS, DDS, DO, DVM, EdD, JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MLS, MS, MSW, PhD) from your name on the résumé. Your identity and your training are two different

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