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Resume Tips, Do’s & Don’ts

Résumé Tips:

  • Proofread! Get several individuals as well as an English professor or high-school English teacher to proofread.
  • Look at what others are doing: ask friends and residents you encounter for a peek at their résumés. Ask if they might review yours. Be careful whom you ask, a résumé is a very personal item.
  • Don’t forget. Keep meticulous track of everything you do throughout high school and college/university.
  • Keep in touch: Throughout high school and college, keep in touch with past teachers, people who helped get you into college and current teachers that take a liking to you. You never know when you may need their assistance.
  • Be reachable. Include your email and fax numbers on your résumé.
  • Find out what qualities & criteria each job requires, then emphasize those qualities in your résumé.
  • Prioritizethe contents of your résumé. Emphasize your greatest achievements first.
  • Customize. Tweak and target your résumé and cover letter for each position you apply for.
  • Quality. Use a laser printer and a heavy bond paper.


  • Sell yourself.
  • Be concise. Don’t use unnecessary words or descriptive terms.
  • Make many drafts.
  • Ask lots of different people to edit it. Don’t forget grammar and spelling; spell-checks on the computer don’t pick up everything.
  • Make every word count.
  • Vary words and sentence length.
  • Make several drafts and have others critique them.
  • Try to have generous borders.
  • Spell out numbers under and including ten.
  • Make it easy to read and follow. Be systematic, consistent, use appropriate white space, and use an easy-to-read font between 10 and 14 points. It should be balanced and not crowded.
  • Pay attention to appearance. Use the same color and thickness of paper for the cover letter, envelope and curriculum vitae.
  • Put your name at the top of page two and any further pages.
  • Have a separate list of references available with up-to-date and complete information.
  • Use active language. There are books and Internet sites that list great action words.
  • Quantify results when possible. For example, if you received a grant for $300,000 or organized a conference or event for 500 people, say so. Be specific!
  • Research companies. Check the Internet, bookstores, the library, and your university job placement department.
  • Use white, off-white or other conservative colors.
  • Get it laser printed.


  • Put the words "résumé" or "curriculum vitae" at the top of your document.
  • Use gimmicks. Human resource departments and employers tend to be conservative.
  • Lie. Lies have a way of coming back to you.
  • Use photocopies or thin paper.
  • Fold or staple. If you have to fold, never fold along a line of text.
  • Be controversial or negative.
  • Include ethnic, religious, or political affiliations unless they are significant.
  • Ignore length or margin restrictions.
  • Use abbreviations unless they are easy to figure out.
  • Forget a cover letter if applying for a job.

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