Posted by: nancyisanders | August 23, 2010

Resumes: Professional and Pertinent

If you’re attending a conference, one tool you should prepare is a resume. For a writer, a resume is part of a standard manuscript proposal. However, not all resumes look the same.

My older son has been a social worker and also a career placement counselor. He helps clients locate career-level jobs. He also helps clients prepare their resumes. In fact, he wrote guidelines that his former company uses to explain how it’s done.

My younger son is in grad school. Recently, he prepared resumes for various reasons over the years such as applying as an intern to a local Hollywood company. They needed to know his academic background as well as his publishing accomplishments in the world of academia. His fellow grad students who already work at the company gave him tips on what to include in his resume. With this in mind, I turned to both my sons for advice on how a professional resume should be prepared. Here are key points they shared:

Keep resume one page long.
Use a professional font such as Times New Roman.
Use a font that is easy to read such as size 12.
Use standard margins on your page layout.
Make information pertinent to the project.
List experience that matters for the project.
Include educational background.
List job titles that relate to your field of expertise.
List honors or awards related to your project.

In my next post, I’ll share what to do about a resume if you’re just starting out as a writer and don’t yet have writing credits established or necessarily have an educational background.


  1. Nancy. Have read your book about yes, I can make a successful career out of writing, twice, and found it very helpful. I esp liked the idea about writing puzzles and have been emailing magazines over here in the UK with queries as your book suggests. Thank you so much.

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