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Many debates have transpired over the years regarding a one-page resume versus a longer, more detailed one. Even the experts are divided on the issue. We recommend that you have both a one-page Summary Resume and an Expanded Resume. There are occasions when either, or both are appropriate. A well-written Summary Resume precludes the necessity to construct a lengthy cover letter.

An additional tool that is invaluable for real estate professionals is an Addendum of properties managed, developed, leased, etc. Any record that assists in quantifying past accomplishments and responsibilities is highly advantageous. The addendum as a separate document is preferable, as you may not wish to include it with the resume for every situation. The addendum should describe size of property, value, property type, location, etc.

It is also helpful to have a List of References available to take to an interview. Employers are most interested in professional references such as most recent employers, leasing agents or brokers, construction professionals, architects and attorneys.

Resume Suggestions:

Be clear, concise, accurate and complete. Proofread, grammar and spell-check everything.
Keep it professional. Interests, hobbies, sports, religious and political affiliations, marital status, etc. are not recommended for the resume.
List only significant accomplishments.
When quantifying responsibilities or results with sizes, statistics, percentages, cost savings, or occupancy increases, always round off numbers.
If you begin the resume with "Objective", make sure that it is general enough not to preclude you from various opportunities.
Do not use a type font smaller than 12 point. Small type will not read well when sent via facsimile.
Use white or eggshell colored paper that will look good when copied.
Maintain copies of your resume on your personal computer or separate diskette, so that you can update or edit easily. Whenever possible (for confidentiality purposes) we suggest you use personal (not company) computers and email.
Always indicate dates of employment. Doing otherwise raises questions regarding possible periods of unemployment, or short terms of employment.
Prepare a concise, 1-page cover letter to highlight your accomplishments, strengths and selling points. Include a brief demonstration of your knowledge and interest in the company you are inquiring about. Review a prospective company’s literature and/or Internet site. Interest, backed up by knowledge, may separate you from other individuals and create a more productive interview.

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