A resume is a document that summarizes your qualifications for a professional opportunity, often times employment. It lets the reader know the highlights of your educational experience, skills and other related information. Resumes can be chronological, functional, or a combination of both.
Quick tips for an effective resume
- Use categories to help organization your information
- Use standard non-serif fonts in a readable size (font size 10-14)
- Leave adequate white space and use headings, bold, bullets to attract and guide the reader's attention
- Be brief; employers tell us that a one-page resume is often adequate unless you have extensive experience
- Don't use abbreviations and avoid industry jargon except when necessary
- Customize your resume for the reader and tailor it to a specific position or opportunity
- Don't include personal information such as date of birth or marital status
action verbs to describe your skills, accomplishments, and responsibilities
- Proofread - and have others review your resume.
- Use white or off white resume paper only, unless you are in the creative fields.
- When submitting electronically, save and attach/submit as a PDF to preserve formatting unless otherwise instructed