Employ the jargon of your profession. Incorporate words from your courses and use them appropriately.
Provide as much relevant information as concisely as possible. Explain a little about each position; focus on your abilities and accomplishments Be specific, use exact numbers when possible.
A resume is not an autobiography. Choose which experiences you wish to showcase for an employer. Other topics can be discussed during the interview.
Take the time to design your layout. Your resume's appearance should be neat and pleasing to the eye. Structure your resume to be consistent and easy to scan.
Underline, bold or use CAPITALIZATION to emphasize important points. Be consistent in how you highlight throughout your resume.
Use an 8 1/2 x 11, high-quality white or light colored paper (ivory, beige, light gray).
Listing relevant courses is helpful for co-ops, internships and fieldwork, but not usually necessary for a full-time job search.
Place most significant information nearest to the top of page or category. Highlight your position and achievements. Describe what you did; don't assume the reader knows details.
Ordinarily, it is recommended that a professional objective be included to give direction to your resume and reflect a commitment to your field.
Eliminate the personal pronouns: I, me, my. Eliminate articles: a, the, an, etc.
Use key words and phrases instead of complete sentences.
Resumes should always be computer generated. Use a quality printer for your computer.
Have a capable person conscientiously proofread your resume for spelling and typographical errors. It should be letter perfect. This is important: your resume is judged as a reflection of how you will approach a position. Errors damage your credibility, sloppiness will likely eliminate you from consideration.
Stay away from unnecessary words such as "Responsibilities included managing the health fitness center." Say simply, "Managed health fitness center."
Two-page resumes are acceptable if you have significant information to communicate. However, don't delete important information for the sake of a one-page resume. Don't go longer than two pages. Your name should be typed on page two.
Functional or functional/chronological resumes are used primarily by individuals who have been out of school for a period of time, are changing career fields or who have interruptions in their work history.
Don't falsify information on a resume. Market your skills and accomplishments but never exaggerate
Don't abbreviate in a resume. The only exceptions are states. Use postal service abbreviations (AZ, GA, MA)