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General Resume Guidelines

Do's
Don'ts
  • Lead with your strongest statements

  • Emphasize your skills

  • Keep it brief (1 - 2 pages)

  • Use 8 1/2" x 11" paper

  • Correct all typographical, grammatical and spelling errors

  • Include employment related accomplishments

  • Target your qualifications

  • Clearly communicate your purpose and value to employers

  • Maintain eye appealing visual appearance

  • Use the best format to showcase your skills

  • Appear neat, well organized and professional

  • Be creative

  • Always include a cover letter when mailing your resume

  • Use quantifiable measures, values, percentages, measurable outcomes, to enhance your qualifications
  • Do not use abbreviations (exceptions include middle initial and directions such as N for North)

  • Do not use "I" to refer to yourself

  • Avoid any mention of salary expectations or wage history

  • Do not print on a Dot Matrix printer

  • Do not use fancy typeset, binders or exotic paper

  • Do not send a photograph of yourself

  • Avoid statements that you cannot document

  • Do not include personal information (age, height, weight or family status)

  • Do not change the tense of verbs or use the passive voice

  • It is not necessary to use the title "resume"

  • Do not include references on the resume

  • Do not include hobbies or social interests unless they contribute to your objective

  • Do not staple or fold your resume

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