A resume has only one purpose: to help you get an interview.

1. Do not rely on spellcheck to be correct with spelling, grammar, or punctuation.

2. Always include references, even if the job announcement does not request them. Include 3 or 4 (no relatives). References are always the last section of a resume. Change who you ask to provide a reference based on the job for which you are applying. Use the people who can describe your skills and experiences related to the specific job. Include name, title, department/unit, organization/company name, street address, city, state, zip code, office phone number, cell phone number, and email address.

     Sara Smith


     Product Development

     Jones Corporation

     1234 Salmon Street

     Portland, OR 97293

     Office: 503.789-4567

     Cell: 503-987-7654


3. Print your resume before emailing it to anyone.

4. Photocopy your resume to ensure it reproduces clearly and cleanly.

5. If using color, print in B/W to ensure it reproduces clearly and cleanly.

6. Email your resume and attachments to yourself and someone outside your school or organization.

7. Be prepared for the consequences if you choose to include protected personal information, religious affiliation, or political affiliation.

8. Let go of high school.

9. Use a sans serif font that is easy to read.

10. If more than 1 page, include “Page 1 of 2”, your name and cell phone number at the top of the second (and any subsequent) page(s).

11. Be consistent throughout with format, font, dates, etc.

12. “Flash” test for while space and balance.

13. Include GPA only if there is a good reason to do so.

14. Clearly define the sections (Experience – Education – References – etc.).

15. Avoid splitting a section onto 2 pages, if possible. If not possible, make the split logical.

16. Only use a career objective if required by the job announcement – and customize it for every job.

17. Use bullet points to separate and emphasize.

18. Have several people proofread your resume.

19. Have several people review your resume for content and descriptions to ensure it reflects you: your skills, your experiences, your activities, your education.

20. Ensure your resume reflects YOU – with an emphasis on the “professional” you.


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