Biz Bits: The do’s and don'ts of an effective resume

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Tip of the Week

Here are some tips from Jeannine L. Moentmann, paralegal and adjunct Instructor at Brown Mackie College - St. Louis, on putting together your resume:

- Header: Include your name, address, phone number and email address. "Your email address should not amuse or confuse a potential employer," says Moentmann. "I recommend creating a professional sounding email identity for your search."

- Career objective: Optional; a brief statement of the contributions you can make to a specific organization. A well-written career objective can add value to a resume; however, it can also disqualify candidates if the objective does not match the job description.

- Summary of qualifications: Optional; an overview of your most valuable career talents, skills and accomplishments. Leading with a summary makes the resume easier to read and ensures your most impressive qualifications are not overlooked.

- Employment history: Included in most resume formats; add each relevant employer's name and location, and dates of employment, job title, significant duties, accomplishments and promotions.

- Skills and accomplishments: Optional; highlight relevant skills, including software or equipment proficiencies, and aptitudes such self-motivation, working well under stress, teamwork, etc.

- Education: Include college information; omit high school information, especially among older candidates.

- Honors and activities: Optional; highlight professional and educational accolades, membership in professional organizations and volunteer activities.

- Personal data: Optional; consists of hobbies and interests; exercise caution when deciding the information you want to share. Federal and state laws prohibit employers from asking questions about race, age, marital status, ethnicity and religion. It is not appropriate to include this type of information.

- References: A separate document that lists three to five professional individuals who can positively discuss your qualifications, skills and abilities.


BBB Watch

The Better Business Bureau is warning individuals to beware of companies marketing extended auto warranty protection services.  

Because of the large number of complaints that had been filed, The BBB in St. Louis undertook a study of the industry: 660 complainants were surveyed across the country, and it revealed that 92 percent of respondents felt that the company's selling tactics were misleading or otherwise improper.

In some cases, consumers are under the impression they are getting a warranty sanctioned by the auto manufacturer, but in reality most do not receive what they believe is being purchased.

"A key issue among complainants is confusion," says Steve J. Bernas of the BBB. "This is a multi-tiered industry with sellers, providers, administrators, insurers and financing entities involved which in many cases makes it very difficult for consumers to even know the name of the provider of the contract, and who is responsible for paying claims."

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The List

According to Forbes, here are the best cities for renters:

1. Tucson, Ariz.

2. Jacksonville, Fla.

3. Phoenix

4. Columbus, Ohio

5. Kansas City, Mo.

Number to Know

10: Consecutive months of consumer spending gains that ended in May, according to the Commerce Department. May sales were down 0.1 percent when adjusted for inflation.

Tech Talk

According to a survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, 12 percent of U.S. adults own e-readers, up from 6 percent only six months ago.

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