To Do & Not To Do
- Make it brief, using short phrases,
- Use action verbs such as created, initiated, organized,
- Include internships, summer and part-time employment,
- Emphasize skills, strengths and accomplishments,
- List major awards, achievements and publications,
- Organize education and employment in reverse chronological order,
- Give attention to the attractiveness and clarity of the resume,
- Have your resume critiqued for style, impact and spelling,
- Consider the tone of your resume,
- Use the language/jargon of your chosen field,
- Remove all personalization: "I," "me," "my," "we."
- Relate the information given to your career objective,
- Check for consistency: do all jobs listed include city/state and the location of the company? Are all job titles listed and underlined under the company name?
- Check for formatting issues: spacing; awkward page breaks; margins too big/little; general presentation,
- PROOF READ!!!
NOT TO DO
- Make the resume longer than 1-2 pages
- Use negative words
- Include present salary or salary desired
- Mention high school degrees and activities
- Use abbreviations
- Use common introductory phrases such as "My duties included" or "I was responsible for"
- Sell yourself short
- Include personal information (e.g., height, weight, birth date, marital status, children or religion)
- Use fancy fonts or too many different fonts. Keep it simple, Times Roman or Arial should suffice. Your resume should look clean.
- Be afraid to brag without making it obvious.
- Forget to PROOF READ!!!