Resume Dos and Don'ts
Keep the following in mind as you prepare your resume:
- Do customize your resume to each job
- Do be concise; use brief, powerful statements vs. paragraphs
- Do pay attention to verb tense (Use past tense for prior jobs and present tense for current jobs)
- Do use valid phone number with a professional greeting
- Do include a valid professional email address
- Do use a professional font such as Times New Roman, Calibri, Arial, etc.
- Do be consistent in your formatting throughout your resume including punctuation
- Do make sure your resume looks good both on a computer screen and when printed
- Do include a short header (name, email address, and page number) if your resume is longer than one page
Avoid these to strengthen the quality of your resume:
- Don't lie, exaggerate or include something that you would not feel comfortable discussing in an interview
- Don't rely on spell check alone! Have someone read over your resume for typos
- Don't use the word "I" or other first or third person pronouns
- Don't include personal data such as your social security number, marital status, date of birth, photo, etc.
- Don't use exact dates on your employment; month and year are sufficient
- Don't include employer phone, salary info, or work hours (except when writing a federal resume)
- Don't include your reason for leaving a previous job or any other potentially negative information
- Don't over-format -- be judicious in your use of bold, italics, underlining and other formatting devices.