Pointers for Resume Writers

 
  • Be sure there are no typographical errors.
  • Include a brief summary of your qualifications for the job you want, highlighting three to five of your greatest strengths.
  • Target the resume to the job for which you are applying. Use different resumes if you apply for different types of job or at a minimum, prepare a targeted cover sheet to attach to your resume.
  • Focus on your accomplishments not your job duties. Use an Accomplishments Section which is best positioned immediately after the Summary Section.
  • Use an appropriate resume length for your field (no more than 3 pages, preferably 2 pages). Remember, resumes are intended to create interest in an interview by the prospective employer, and not to tell your life story or be a substitute for the interview itself.
  • Don’t use an Objectives section unless you include a specific job objective. A generalized Objectives Section is to be avoided.
  • Eliminate personal pronouns, such as I or we.
  • Don’t say “references available upon request.” Do not automatically include references on your resume but do prepare a list on a separate page and provide to prospective employers when needed. Be sure to include both home and work numbers for your references, and the relationship of the referenced individual to you. Most employers will want you to provide professional references, particularly your former managers. Don't provide references that cannot speak to your professional abilities (neighbors, pastor, etc.). 
  • Include hobbies and personal information only if they are relevant. (If you are applying for a Mechanical Engineering position with an engine component manufacturer and you have a weekend hobby of working on race cars, that is relevant.)
  • Eliminate articles, such as “the”, “a” and “an”.
  • Be consistent throughout the resume in the typeface and style you use. Don't use fancy fonts that are hard to read.
  • List your employment in chronological order with the most recent employment first. Don’t assume the reader of your resume knows the size or product line of the “XYZ” company. Give a short description of the company:  "XYZ Company is a Fortune 250 company who provides goods and services for shell & tube heat exchanger end users, including design, fabrication and service after the sale."
  • If you are a fresh graduate, present your educational background near the top of your resume.