Resume Do and Do Not Rules
- Write brief phrases. Full sentences not necessary.
- Start with a first draft. Expect to do several draft revisions.
- Begin with a summary statement that describes the functional area of your work.
- Use present tense when describing your current job. All previous positions should be described using past tense.
- Support all activities and responsibilities with results and accomplishments.
- Describe specific responsibilities.
- Summarize early employment by briefly describing your functions at the end of the resume.
- Pick a resume format and be consistent. Dates should appear at the right side of the page.
- Write out all numerals up to and including then number nine. Use the numerical form for 10 to 999,999.
- Layout resume so that a job description or a sentence on the first page does not run over the second.
- Do not use italics, dashes, or underlining to emphasize items and make them stand out.
- Do not use abbreviations. Use professional and technical information when it is relevant.
- Do not use odd-sized, bordered, or colored paper-anything that may be considered eccentric.
- Do not include your picture.
- Do not list references; reserve them for the interview.
- Do not include personal data, marital status, number of children, or "excellent health."
- Do not devote more space to earlier jobs than to more recent employment. Employers are interested in most recent, relevant experience.
- Do not list grade point average or college honors, unless you are a recent graduate.