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Résumé Tips

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Your resume is often the first opportunity an employer has to meet you. The resume can help an employer decide whether to consider you further and interview you.


Best Practices

  • A resume must be accurate and truthful.
  • A resume must be current. Out-of-date resumes suggest you don’t care.
  • A resume should state your skills and experience, be concise and easy to read.
  • Keep the length to one page, two pages for extensive experience.
  • Name your electronic resume file so that it is easy to identify. For example: Firstname.LastnameDate.doc.
  • For printed resumes, use white paper.
  • Use an easy-to-read type font, such as 12-point. Avoid unusual or ornate typefaces.
  • Use white space to enhance readability.
  • Edit your resume ruthlessly to eliminate typos and to catch spelling mistakes and grammatical errors.

Name and Contact Information

Include first and last name, current postal and email addresses and telephone numbers where you can be reached. If your name is common, consider including a middle name. If you are moving, include your current and your future addresses or a permanent address.

Education

  • College or Post-Secondary educational institution name, city, state.
  • Degree or diploma earned or field of study, if attended.
  • Major and Minor, if applicable.
  • Graduation date or expected graduation date, including month and year.
  • GPA and GPA scale. Cumulative and/or Major GPA.

Licensing/Credentials

Name of licenses and professional credentials held, year obtained and if current.

Experience

  • List position titles and company names, including city and state of work locations, beginning with the most recent.
  • For each position, list the start and end dates of employment, both month and year.
  • Consider listing achievements that fit the position you are seeking.
  • Include performance achievements that are specific and measurable.
  • Be honest. Use action verbs like “manage” or “lead,” if they represent your work experience. If you act in a secondary or assist role, use verbs that correctly report your experience.

Honors, Awards and Activities

List some of your leadership, community involvement and extracurricular activities, including the position, the dates and the responsibility.