Résumés for Criminology Careers

Applying for criminology jobs, like applying for most employment positions, will mean that you'll need to have a résumé that you can send to potential employers, either by mail, e-mail, or fax. Think of your résumé as an advertisement for yourself that, hopefully, will convince a hiring manager that you're the very best person they could hope to find for the job opening. At the same time, you don't want it to be seen as a hard sell, or you'll ruin your chances of getting hired. It's a difficult tightrope to walk; that's why people who can write excellent résumés for people make a lot of money. It's a lot harder than it looks on paper.

If you decide to write your own résumé, here are some tips that will make yours stand out from the rest of the huge pile that are sent in for any job opening these days. First, keep in mind that it should not be a general résumé; it needs to be geared to the job you're applying for. This isn't to imply that you should lie or mislead on your résumé - not at all. However, you do need to stress and highlight those areas of your education or experience that make you an ideal candidate for the job.

You'll want to use headings, titles, and subheadings that are attention grabbing and that line up with the skills needed in the position. You'll also want to avoid vague, fuzzy job descriptions. Instead, make them dynamic and stress what you actually did, not what the job was called. You'll want to have a clean, crisp design that is easy on the eyes; consider using bullet points for part of your résumé. Above all, avoid using the passive voice on this all-important piece of paper. Use the active tense to stress that it was you doing this or that, not that it was something that simply happened to you.

However, if there's one résumé tip that's more important than any other. It's that you really should hire a professional résumé writer to do it for you. It's their specialty; they know a lot more about doing it right than you do. If you simply can't hire one because money is tight, follow our suggestions and do your best. But, if you can afford it, you should hire a professional, hopefully one with strong knowledge of criminology careers.

Last Updated: 06/03/2014

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