A good resume effectively markets your skills to prospective employers and summarizes your experiences, skills, accomplishments and education. There is no single correct way to prepare a resume, but there are some wrong ways. The guidelines below can help you format your resume.

Above all, your resume should showcase your skills and give the employer an idea of why you would be a great fit for their company. Always tailor your resume to the position and company — a well-done and professional resume can help land you an interview.

Top resume tips:

  • Keep it short and simple: Your resume should not be longer than one page.
  • Proofread. Proofread. Proofread. Recruit a trusted friend or a career advisor to look over your document. 
  • Formatting: Your format should be clear, concise and clean. Use bolding and italics to highlight your headings and sections. Stick to traditional fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri in 10- to 12-point font. 
  • Showcase your accomplishments in action-oriented phrases. Start each bullet with a strong action verb that describes the experience and what skills you developed or utilized.