Resume Do and Do Not Rules

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