ERIC Number: ED258273
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Resumes: The Quest for Excellence.
Mendenhall, Terry; Murphy, J. William
A study was conducted to identify characteristics considered important by personnel directors when reviewing resumes. Findings were obtained from questionnaires completed by 166 respondents located throughout the Midwest. Results suggest that there are very definite opinions held by individuals whose function is frequently to review resumes. A short, neat, well-organized outline of work experience and qualifications is a necessity for obtaining interviews. An effective resume reflects a definite career objective and provides information about major qualifications and career goals. Although personal details may be helpful, no item was considered essential by a majority of respondents. Essential items concerning education are schools attended, dates attended, degrees awarded, major and minor fields of study, and grade-point average. Information on all full-time experience is considered essential and should include job title, place and dates of employment, and responsibilities. Employers are evenly divided concerning the listing of references. If references are included, three should be used, and information should include complete name, company name, address, and telephone number. The length of the resume should be restricted to two pages or even one page. (DF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Professional Communication in the Modern World: Proceedings of the Southeast Convention of the American Business Communication Association (31st, Hammond, LA, April 5-7, 1984).