A resume is a document that indicates your education, professional experience, working credentials and other accomplishments. This document is used when you are applying for jobs. There are various types of resume today. Each type depends on your circumstances on a personal level. Examples of these types are the functional, combination, chronological or targeted resume. Each type has a particular purpose and is used in specific situations. Despite the differences between these types of resumes, they all share one common characteristic, punctuation. It is important to punctuate your resume in the right way. This can actually boost your chances of success in getting hired. Read on to learn more.
Types of punctuation which are used in resumes
To maintain a smooth flow of information in your resume, you should utilize punctuation marks.
There is a variety of such marks that you can use. They include:
1. Letter capitalization
Here they are in more detail.
Capital letters normally appear in the beginning of sentences and in section headings. They also identify sighificant words in a text. As such, take care not to use too many significant words in your resume. This can make you appear pretentious and can also lead to overuse of capital letters. For a properly punctuated resume, only use capital letters in your name, names of products, names of companies or physical locations. You may have worked in many positions in your career. In such a case, you are allowed to capitalize your job title in the positions that you have indicated in your resume. If you indicate the job title of someone else, only capitalize it if their name appears alongside it.
Semicolons are an important instrument of punctuation. In your resume, you can use them to separate independent clauses which are not related. You can also use them in a case where the second clsuse is not related to the first one. If you want to list some items which are already described in a comma, the semicolon comes in very handy. For example, 'Highly skilled in software products such as Quick Books, Microsoft Office; Excel and Adobe Photoshop'.
Hyphens are an instrument of punctuation. They are used in compound adjectives if they appear before a noun. Examples of such adjectives are 'client-focused approach' and 'part-time employee'. You may need to use these compound adjectives to describe yourself or someone else in your resume. Remember that if the first word in a compound adjective ends in 'ly', do not hyphenate the adjective.
A colon can be used in joining two unique clauses in cases where the second one is related directly with the first one. This is quite common in resumes where you list down a number of elements such as skills. You can use the colon in the following way, "Capable in using the following applications: Corel Draw, Ms Office and Quick Books".
The comma is a highly popular and common punctuation instrument. It is used to put a temporary break in the flow of a sentence. Some people indicate that you should use serial commas in a resume and others indicate that you should not. Serial commas are where you put a comma before the 'and' appears finally in a sentence. By using commas in this way, you can make the text in your resume easier to understand. This helps you to avoid ambiguity in your resume.
Puncation marks are very important in texts. They are used in news articles, novels, magazines and even in resumes. The ideal way to use them in resumes is indicated above. Proper usage of these marks makes it attractive and more likely to present you in a positive way when you apply for a job.