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Resume Tips
Think of your resume as your personal marketing tool that enables you to get an appointment for an interview with a prospective employer by stimulating interest in you. Simply put, your resume is your ticket to the interview. It should be a precise summarization of your accomplishments, skills and experiences.

In writing a resume, DO NOT INCLUDE:

In the past, it was popular to state an objective. More recently, however, experts agree that stating an objective will narrow your options. Your true objective is to get the job! Write a Summary statement instead.

It is assumed that you will have a prepared reference list available. Save your reference list for the interview and provide it only when requested.

Personal Information
Federal law prohibits employers from discriminating against age, race, sex, marital status, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. An employer, aware of these legal restrictions, may be reluctant to interview a candidate who has included such information on his or her resume. Also, never include a photograph of yourself. You should only include personal information if the information will enhance your credentials for the job you are applying for.

Salary Information
if you are asked to include this information when applying for a specific job, add it to your cover letter.

Key Considerations

  • Carefully edit your resume checking for typos, spelling and grammatical errors. Do not solely trust your computer’s spellchecker. Ask someone to proofread for errors you may have missed. Errors may suggest to a prospective employer that your work is careless, that you do not pay attention to details.
  • If you want a prospective employer to read your resume, keep it to one or at the most two pages with a font size no smaller than 10. Write brief phrases, it is not necessary to write full sentences. If a “word” does not need to be on the page, leave it off.
  • Translate your skills and achievements into action statements. Use action verbs and industry key words to show benefits or results of the work you have performed.   Accomplishment statements should indicate your previous success and ability to produce positive results. Think in terms of achievement, success and contributions versus a job description, list of responsibilities or job duties.
  • Support all activities and responsibilities with results. Whenever possible, quantify and qualify your results using statistics, percentages, and numbers.
  • Do not use personal pronouns as they weaken statements.
  • Use present tense in describing your current job. All previous positions should be described in past tense.
  • Use professional and technical information when it is relevant. Take special care when using abbreviations or acronyms as prospective employers may have no idea what you are talking about.
  • Be truthful, avoid exaggeration and NEVER LIE.