How to Write a Good Resume

Here is a large list of ideas for you to keep in mind when preparing that masterpiece also known as your resume!

– Write brief phrases. No need for full sentences

– Treat your first written copy as a first draft. You will likely be revising it and editing it, before it is finalized

– Begin it by summarizing your key skills

– Always include your Name at the very top, and your address, phone number, and email (if necessary) after that. You do not need to type the word “resume” on it

– Be consistent in your resume design-  All dates appear on the right hand side

– Omit unnecessary information, outdated information, and information that may be used to screen you out. The resumes purpose is to shed light on your qualifications for the job.

– Small numbers from 1 to 9 should be spelt out (Ex: “one”, “seven”, “nine”, etc).  Numbers 10 and up can be displayed in their numerical form. (Ex: “12”, “42”, “32000”, etc)

–  Proofread your final resume. Have a someone else look at it as well. They will be able to help you find spelling and grammatical errors.

– Avoid using italics or -dashes-. It confuses the scanning machines.

– Do not use coloured paper, bordered paper, or odd-sized paper. Make your resume look professional in appearance

– Do not include your picture with the resume

– Leave out personal data, marital status, number of children, and statements like “in great health”.

– Devote more space to your recent job positions, and less to your older jobs. Employers want to see the most recent and relevant details of your work history.

– List your job dates as years, rather than by month. Do not leave unexplained gaps between work periods. Provide a brief explanation for them. (Ex: Family responsibilities, left for college, etc…)  

– You should not include grade point averages, or honors awards unless you have recently graduated

– List educational background (College, University, etc.)

– Always include a cover letter explaining why you submitted the resume.