Resume-Writing Tips

Resumes provide important details of your qualifications, background, and what you can offer the employer. They are typically organized by categories, with the most important category first. Formatting of resumes may differ depending on the position you are applying for and the amount of experience you have. Below, we have included some valuable information associated with writing a resume.

Resume Writing Tips

  • Some areas to include in a resume are:
    • Identification
    • Objective
    • Summary of Qualifications (optional)
    • Education
    • Relevant Work Experience (Internships)
    • Relevant Skills
    • Activities or Memberships
    • Honors and Awards
    • References

  • Additional Resume Tips
    • Use a font size between 10-12
    • Use Arial or Times New Roman Font
    • Use 1″ page margins
    • Write in short phrases
    • Avoid the use of “I” and excessive use of italics, underline, and bold
    • Be consistent on how you format and organize
    • Use 8.5″ x 11″ resume paper in plain white, off-white, or neutral colors
    • Spell-check your work
    • Your resume should not be too long or too short
  • Common errors employers find in resumes:
    • Writing your resume in third person
    • Grammar and spelling mistakes
    • Use of tiny fonts to cram as much information into the resume as possible
    • Photos on resumes
    • A listing of personal interests and activities
    • Sending a resume attachment with a generic name, such as 435682res.doc, instead of including your name in the filename
    • Including references, but not professional references
    • Not providing contact information, or having incorrect contact information
    • Inappropriate email addresses
    • “Education” section presented so it is difficult to determine if degree was obtained

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