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Resume facts

On average, prospective employers spend only 6 seconds on a preliminary evaluation of each resume.

Your resume is your personal advertisement and has the tremendously important job of making a first impression on your behalf. It does not need to tell your life story, but it does need to make an employer say, "I want to talk to this person!"  

Resume Do's

  • Check for correct spelling and punctuation
  • Ensure your resume is visually appealing
    • Vertically and horizontally balanced without large white spaces
  • Customize your resume for each prospective employer
    • Examine job description for the position you are seeking and make sure the required qualifications are apparent on your resume
  • Include all contact information in the resume header
  • Use a business-like email address
  • Make a PDF file of your resume once it is complete
  • Use the same font in the entire body of your resume
  • List education before experience
  • List current and past employment
    • beginning with the most recent job
  • Use appropriate verb tense for past and present job experience 
  • Use action words to describe job experience and accomplishments 
  • Keep it to one page unless you have years of valuable experience
  • Make a separate page for references
  • Match the header on your resume, cover letter, and reference page

Resume Don'ts

  • Use any first person pronouns anywhere on your resume
  • Include any educational information about your high school or the year you completed high school  
  • Falsify anything

Possible categories to consider using on your resume

  •  Objective
    • If you write a cover letter, you do not need an objective on your resume
  •  Summary of Qualifications
  •  Related Coursework
  •  Skills
  •  Honors and Awards
  •  Volunteerism/Community Service
  •  Leadership/Organizations