Still have questions about how to write the most effective resume? View the Q&As below to learn more.
How many pages should my resume be?
As a general rule try to keep your resume between 1-2 pages.
Should I include personal information on my resume?
Personal information such as marital status, height, weight, or photos should not be included on your resume.
What size font and type should I use?
General type should stay between 9-12pt. Your name should not be larger than 16pt.
Do I include references on my resume?
No, references should be written on a separate document and taken to the interview or provided when asked.
You do not need to waste valuable space stating "References available upon request" It goes without saying.
Do I need to include an objective Professional Profile on my resume?
Yes. You must be clear on what you what you are looking for and have to offer relative to that position type. An objective or a career profile/summary on provides focus and helps the reader understand what you are looking for. As a general rule, entry level job seekers tend to use the objective, while the more experienced job seekers choose the career profile/summary.
Which comes first, my education or my work experience?
Lead with your strongest information. If your education is your main qualifier for the position it should go first.
Should I include my GPA on my resume?
Only consider including it if you are a recent grad or entry-level candidate and if it demonstrates high achievement (3.0 or higher).
How many years of employment experience should I include on my resume?
Employers are interested in information that is recent and relevant. The older a position is the less information is needed. Focus on the last 10-12 years of relevant experience. If you chose to provide earlier work history, make sure you are including for a strategic reason.
Do I need to put my name on each page of my resume?
Yes, at a minimum you should include your name and page number on each page.