How to Write a Resume

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The Dos of Writing a Resume

Stick to 9-12 point font

Use traditional fonts

  • Like Times New Roman – Times New Roman is both traditional and professional
  • Or Helvetica – Helvetica is modern, clean, and ready to impress

Most recent jobs first

  • List your most recent jobs first…

    • And then list your
    • Accomplishments at those
    • Jobs as bullet points

Use matching keywords (and use them more than once).

  • 53% of hiring managers say that it is of utmost importance that a candidate tailors the resume to the specific job
  • 52% of hiring managers stated that they would like to see more SPECIFIC examples when it comes to previous work

COLOR – color can be used in your resume

  • It is not considered inappropriate to use color in a resume. However, it is important to use it wisely. Does the position you want require a colorful personality? This might be a good time to show them who you are using a bit of color.

The Don’ts of Writing a Resume

No objectives statement

  • Including an “objectives” section has no bearing on whether or not a resume is considered.
  • 80% of the time hiring managers view a resume they are looking at:
    • Name
    • Current Title/Company
    • Previous Title/Company
    • Previous Position Start and End Dates
    • Current Position Start and End Dates
    • Education

Keep it impersonal

  • Avoid including personal information such as marital status or amount of children


  • Do NOT use photography on your resume.
  • Do NOT use an amateur email address ().

Don’t overuse bullets

  • Don’t list any more than 6-7 bullet points in a section. They will not be read.

Avoid filler words like ‘the’ and ‘a.’

Do not list your GPA if it is below 3.5. Emphasize other accomplishments as an alternative.

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