- Proofread to eliminate all spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors.
- Use action verbs and strong adjectives
- Avoid repeating words or phrases.
- Avoid stilted or confusing language. Ask yourself, "Would I talk like that?"
- Don’t use the first person I or any pronouns.
- Be consistent and use the same grammatical style throughout.
- Be honest and accurate, but not overly modest.
- Convey through the style and content of your resume an understanding of your audience’s needs, priorities, hiring criteria, and vocabulary.
- To act as a prompt for the interviewer by providing the details that back your claim to be a preferred candidate.
- Make the page easy to scan and graphically-pleasing: leave sufficient white space.
- Underline, bold face, and use bullets to emphasize your credentials.
- Select a format that suits your qualifications.
- Put name, address, and phone number at the top of the page. If you have a 2nd page, repeat your name at the top.
- Highlight skills, accomplishments, capabilities, and work experience. Give evidence of your personal impact: show not only that you completed tasks but that you contributed to organizational goals.
- Choose topic headings that invite your readers’ interest, e.g., "related experience, overseas experience, or skills" rather than "employment or other."
- Cite numbers to convey size and/or scale of project, budget, and staff supervised.
- Give examples that demonstrate desirable personality traits such as leadership, interpersonal facility, confidence, and independence.
- Generally, it is a good idea to exclude data relevant to salary expectations
- References are usually omitted, although you should line up at least 3
- Scanner-friendly Resume
- It is safe to use a conservative font, such as Arial or Times New Roman.
- Use 8 1/2" x 11" paper, printed on 1 side only.
- Use high quality paper
- Do not fold or staple the resume. Send it flat in a large envelope.
- Send a regular copy of your resume along with the scannable version.
- Include all important information, such as dates of graduation, major, GPA, etc.
- Proofread one more time to ensure correct spelling and punctuation.