Résumé Do's and Don'ts

Résumé Do's...

  • Use professional, easy-to-read fonts (e.g., Arial, Times New Roman, Garamond, etc.)
  • Choose categories that emphasize your individual strengths
  • Use underlining, bolding, and italics to emphasize categories and important topics
  • Keep your format consistent (e.g., font size/type, order of information, layout, etc.)
  • Tailor for each position
  • Place the most important information first and group related experiences together
  • Use power verbs to strengthen your statements
  • Quantify and qualify your accomplishments
  • Include relevant non-work experiences
  • Emphasize transferable skills
  • Keep information up-to-date
  • Edit and proofread multiple times

Résumé Don'ts...

  • Use a résumé template
  • Use fancy and unusual fonts
  • Set margins to be less than .5 on any side of the document
  • Use a font size below 10 point
  • Use personal pronouns, abbreviations, or acronyms
  • Exaggerate your experiences or accomplishments
  • Include confidential information
  • Include everything and anything you have ever done
  • Repeat information offered in another category
  • List references on your resume (instead create a separate document)
  • List inaccurate information