Points to Remember
- Make sure your resume is written with the reader in mind. What skills and qualifications is that specific employer looking for? Chances are you will need several versions of your resume.
- A resume can include many types of experiences. However, be sure that you don’t stretch or inflate your experiences, abilities or skills, as they might check your references and you might be asked to demonstrate your skills and abilities.
- Make sure the style and format is consistent throughout the resume. Pay attention to spacing, white space, use of bullets, headings, and highlighting features.
- Use a simple, easy-to-read font, and make the font size no smaller than 10 pt. and the margins no narrower than half an inch.
- Keep your resume to one page unless you have a lot of experience in the field. Some graduate students will need an additional page, however employers rarely look past the first page, therefore if you go to a second page, make sure the first page contains the most essential information and that the second page includes your name.
- Don’t include personal information.
- Spellcheck and proofread, do it again, and then have other people do it. You need to make sure there are absolutely no spelling errors or typos.
- Use underlining, bolding, italics, and bullets to make items stand out. However, remember that your resume is not a piece of art, so don’t go crazy.
- Use various action words to describe your experiences, but try to avoid overuse of any single action word.
- Do not use personal pronouns, such as I, my, he, she, or it.
- Remember that there are an infinite number of ways to write a resume.
- When printing, use resume weight paper that is a light, neutral color, like white or ivory, and make sure you have a good printer.