Resume Tips

The Basics

  • Your resume should look professional and be 1-2 pages in length.
  • Make it easy to read:
    • Select a simple font;
    • Use bullet points;
    • Bold or italicize the headings;
    • Leave plenty of white space around the text.
  • Do not use images, headers, footers, tables, charts or other embedded features. 
  • Have someone proofread your resume for spelling and grammatical errors.
  • Use action verbs to highlight your accomplishments and support each statement with measurable results.
  • Focus on your specific skills, experience, projects, and products; avoid general statements.
  • Emphasize your skills and experience that are relevant to your career objective.
  • Do not include references on your resume. 

Resume Structure

Contact Information

  • Name
  • Professional designation (if applicable)
  • Your preferred contact phone number
  • E-mail address
  • Links to relevant professional sites such as your LinkedIn URL

Career Objective

  • Your career objective should be a single statement that summarizes your experience and highlights the position you are seeking.
  • Make sure that the rest of your resume supports your stated objective.
  • It is not necessary to include a career objective when you are applying for an advertised job.


  • In the profile, summarize your qualifications. Include 4-6 statements that identify your best work-related skills and knowledge:
    • Number of years of experience in your field;
    • Key areas of technical knowledge in your field;
    • Your best work-related skills; and
    • A statement about your personality or attitude, and its impact on your work.
  • If relevant to the position, include hardware, operating systems, software, and programming languages. List technologies in the order of your expertise with them. Include a heading “exposure to” for those technologies that you have used infrequently.

Work Experience

  • Include relevant, professional work experience only.
  • List the dates, your title, organization’s name, and location for each previous position.
  • Briefly summarize your role, details about the business, and any specific technology you used. Include 4-6 statements for each position.
  • Focus on your accomplishments, not on your job duties and responsibilities.
  • Use action verbs: designed, analyzed, implemented, managed etc.
  • Avoid popular “buzz” words and company specific jargon. 
  • Support your statements with measurable results. How did the organization benefit? Use numerical figures: size of project/budget in dollars, number of customers served, number of employees supervised, dollars saved, time reduced, sales increased, etc.

Education/Professional Development

  • Include educational institution(s), and your degree(s). Only include your graduation date if it is within the last 15 years. 
  • Include a list of relevant professional development and training courses.
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