General Resume DOs and DON'Ts
- Tailor your summary to include elements of the job description for the position. Tailor your resume for each specific job.
- Focus on specific results of your work, significant achievements and recognition received.
- Remember that: Less, is More! Keep your resume to one page if you do not have more than 5 years of relevant work experience.
- Include key words from the job posting in your resume.
- Make it easy for others to read your resume quickly to view job-relevant information. Pictures may distract from your message.
- Simple format to make it easy to read – simple font – name and contact information on top.
- Use valuable space for information that is job-relevant.
Keep the resume visually simple; leave space.
- Use professional email address (e.g., firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Use detailed, specific language that demonstrates your achievements (e.g., decreased turnaround time of process from 10 days to 1 day).
- Proofread the resume – have someone review it.
- Use the same resume for multiple job applications.
- Include personal information such as your marital status, your nationality, religious beliefs.
- Use valuable space for information that the employer may not use, focus on job-relevant information.
- Write too much text.
- Use unprofessional email address (e.g., email@example.com).
- Outdated, unreadable or overly fancy fonts.
- Too many buzzwords or keywords that are out of context (e.g., “strategic thinker”).
- Use vague language (e.g., “few”).
Final Check List
Before submitting your resume, did you remember to?
- Tailor your resume to the job?
- Include your name and contact information on the top of the resume?
- Can an employer understand the main sections of your resume in less than 10 seconds?
- Did you write your resume for each specific position by including the key skills and experiences the employer wants?
- Is the information listed in order of importance and relevance to the requirements listed in the job description?
- Do most phrases begin with an action verb, such as “conducted,” “implemented,” “increased,” etc.?
- Have you been accurate and truthful about your accomplishments rather than being too modest or exaggerating?
- Did you double check the spelling of every word and made sure the grammar and punctuation are correct?