A resume is an essential tool to help you effectively market your skills to prospective employers and summarizes your experiences, skills, accomplishments and education. It is important to remember that there is no single correct way to prepare a resume, but that there ARE some wrong ways to prepare a resume. The guidelines below can help you format your resume. Above all, your resume should showcase your skills & give the employer an idea of why you would be a great fit for their company. Be sure to always tailor your resume to the position and company--a well-done and professional resume can help land you an interview!
Common Resume Mistakes:
- Keep it short and simple: your resume should not be longer than 1 page!
- Proofread! Proofread! Proofread! Recruit a trusted friend or a career advisor to look over your document.
- Formatting: be sure to have your format 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, Verdana, or Georgia in 10-12pt font size.
- Showcase your accomplishments in action-oriented phrases. Start each bullet with a strong action verb to not only describe the experience, but also what skills you developed or utilized!