Your resume must have a positive overall appearance
- Use only a picture which you fell best represents your personality
- Limit your resume to 1-2 pages; use 3 pages only if really necessary
- Always use white bond paper, preferably size 8 ½ x 11
- Make the margins wide; 1 ½ to 2 inches is best
- Use full capitalization only for headings and/or company names
- Use underlines and bullet statements only when needed.
- Be consistent in style (use/size of font, bold letters, italics, etc.)
- Keep it clean! Avoid erasures, corrections, typographical errors, smudges, folds, creases, etc.,
Make the content concise and consistent
- Present only positive information (of course!)
- Rank your information from the most to least important
- Give a thorough but concise summary of your job description
- Make sure that your work responsibility information is longer than your accomplishments information.
- Likewise select only the most pertinent accomplishments; do not include all!
- Avoid “holes” in your work experience section (example: 1996-1997, then 1999-2000; employers will most likely ask you about your work in 1998.
- Make your personal items (skills, hobbies, etc.) consistent with your goals and work experience.
- References need not be placed unless specified
Maintain a good writing style
- Write in language that is easily is easily understood
- Use only technical/specific terms when required
- Use action words as much as possible
- Avoid repeating information (example: don’t list your specific expertise in your work history and skill summary)
- Do not use acronyms and abbreviations unless they are well known (example: “Department of Labor and Employment” instead of “DOLE”
- Have another person read or evaluate your resume, second opinion always count.