Resume Writing Final Checklist

Your resume represents you, so make sure it is flawless. Before giving it to your potential employer, be sure to do the following:

Resume Content

  • List your complete name, address, and telephone number at the top of the page.
  • Place summary and/or objective directly under your name and address to lead the reader’s eye to it immediately.
  • Whenever possible, eliminate information not directly related to this position.
  • Include all education, formal and informal, relevant to the desired position.
  • Include only relevant work experience.
  • Avoid excessive detail in relating your experience. For example, don’t write “opened mail, sorted correspondence” unless directly related to the position you seek.
  • Use truthful, quantitative detail.
  • Avoid using “I” (e.g., say “Wrote and edited manual” instead of “I wrote and edited the manual”).
  • Exclude data that could be used in discrimination (age, social security number, religion, salary expectation, weight, height, marital status, or political affiliation).
  • Double-check all spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Never print names and addresses of references directly on the resume.
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Resume Style

  • List work experience in chronological order from most recent experience backwards.
  • Mention awards and community activities that support your targeted job. Present them in ways that reflect your enthusiasm, versatility, and other attributes. Make every experience appear to be a positive one.
  • Begin sentences with action verbs, like initiated, organized, developed.
    Avoid using abbreviations, overly technical jargon, or slang.
  • Check verb tense for consistency.
  • Include white space by consolidating information where possible.
  • Avoid repeating the same or similar information.
  • Choose words carefully to catch the reader’s attention.
  • Be sure your resume is clear, attractive to the eye, and easy to read.
  • Use a quality printer with a clear, sharp typeface.
  • Use a heavy bond 8 1/2″ by 11″ paper.
  • Keep resume to one page.

Remember to check out our Samples Page for resume examples.


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