So I'm hiring a new intern to do support work, and I am amazed at some of the stuff I'm seeing on resumes, especially from students. Now I realize that in many cases this is the first resume some of these people have ever written, but c'mon! Use some common sense & get some help! This is specifically for an IT position, but some of these apply to everyone:
If you're going to list a section of your hardware skills, 'KEYBOARDS' is not a skill. 'MEMORY' is not a skill. ASSEMBLING COMPONENTS is a good skill! CONFIGURING ROUTERS is a good one, too! 'MICE'? Not a skill!
When you list the software you're familiar with, you don't have to list the ones that were obsolete 5 years ago. I don't need anyone with DOS 3.3 or Lotus 123 skills. Also, 'INTERNET' is not a software package.
If you're going to lie, be convincing! Don't try to tell me that you worked in Chicago from 1995 through 1998, and in Los Angeles from 1996 through 2000. That's a heckuva long commute...
Try not to make an obvious show of failures:
Resturant A: line cook, Jan-Sep, 2001
Resturant A: management trainee, Sep 2001 - Dec 2001
Resturant B: line cook, Jan 2002 - present
Married couples in the same field: maybe not a good idea for both of you to apply for the same position.
'REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST' - don't put this on your resume. I know you can give me references if I ask for them. If you DO put this on, make DARN sure you don't go to the interview without those references.
Even if you don't have experience in the field you're applying to, make sure you list your work experience! I'd much rather see someone working in a totally unrelated area for 5 years than someone with a 5 year gap on their resume where it looks like they didn't do anything.
In the interview, it's OK to turn the position down for any reason. However, your chances of being hired will be lowered dramatically if, when told there will be some computer moves involved, you mention that that is 'man's work, not women's work'.
Seven different jobs in three years is not a good sign to an employer.
Don't ask about benefits or vacation until the 2nd interview, until a job offer is extended, or until the employer brings it up.
Don't use an 18 point font on your resume, even if it's less than a page long.