Resume writing Dos
- Your name, address, telephone number, and/or e-mail address should be clearly stated at the top of the first page.
- The level of education completed and pertinent course work should be one of the first things listed in the body of your resume.
- List ONLY relevant work experience in chronological order, beginning with your most recent employer. List the name of the company, the position held, and dates including the month and year.
- When describing job responsibilities, be clear, concise, and to the point.
- Use proper grammar, appropriate punctualization, and correct spelling throughout the ENTIRE body of your resume.
- Try to keep the body of your resume clean and contained to one page, if possible. If you have to use an additional sheet, be certain that your first and last names are listed at the top of each page.
- If you list references on your resume, contact them first to let them know the job(s) for which you are applying, and ask them if it is acceptable for potential employers to contact them.
- Have a second party review your resume after it has been completed. Sometimes there are errors that you miss and that another person will quickly point out.
- Keep a list of all of the places to which you apply. This will come in handy when making follow up calls.
Resume Writing Don’ts
- Do not use a photograph on your resume.
- Do not use paper in colors other than white, ivory or gray.
- Do not put your date of birth, gender, or marital status in your resume.
- Do not put irrelevant subjects in the body of your resume, for example: Hobbies, Personal interests, or "general" objectives.
- Do not put irrelevant or subjective information in your resume.
- Do not use a generic objective, such as: To obtain an accounting position. If you do use an objective, make it short and relevant.
- Do not leave out the date of your college degree, if applicable.
- Do not use wordy phrases. Be as clear as possible when describing work responsibilities.
- Do not let the body of your resume become too lengthy. Try to remember that when someone is hiring for a position, they have dozens of resumes to sort through. Make yours easy to read.