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To Do & Not To Do


  • Make it brief, using short phrases,
  • Use action verbs such as created, initiated, organized,
  • Include internships, summer and part-time employment,
  • Emphasize skills, strengths and accomplishments,
  • List major awards, achievements and publications,
  • Organize education and employment in reverse chronological order,
  • Give attention to the attractiveness and clarity of the resume,
  • Have your resume critiqued for style, impact and spelling,
  • Consider the tone of your resume,
  • Use the language/jargon of your chosen field,
  • Remove all personalization: "I," "me," "my," "we."
  • Relate the information given to your career objective,
  • Check for consistency: do all jobs listed include city/state and the location of the company? Are all job titles listed and underlined under the company name?
  • Check for formatting issues: spacing; awkward page breaks; margins too big/little; general presentation,


  • Make the resume longer than 1-2 pages
  • Use negative words
  • Include present salary or salary desired
  • Mention high school degrees and activities
  • Use abbreviations
  • Use common introductory phrases such as "My duties included" or "I was responsible for"
  • Sell yourself short
  • Include personal information (e.g., height, weight, birth date, marital status, children or religion)
  • Use fancy fonts or too many different fonts. Keep it simple, Times Roman or Arial should suffice. Your resume should look clean.
  • Be afraid to brag without making it obvious.
  • Forget to PROOF READ!!!

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