Resume How-Tos

25 Quick Resume Tips


  • Keep the length of your resume to 1 page.
  • Avoid unnecessary personal information.
  • Organize your information.
  • Center and balance your resume on the page.
  • Highlight skills and capabilities
  • Use action words.
  • Name marketable skills.
  • Avoid overemphasizing dates and places.
  • Place the information in rank order from standpoint of the employer.
  • Emphasize by underlining, capitalizing, and using bullets.
  • Incorporate "white space" into your resume design.
  • Use 8.5 " X 11 " white or off-white bond paper.
  • Proofread to eliminate all errors.
  • Include relevant data only.
  • Avoid the use of the pronoun "I."
  • Reproduce copies of your resume professionally.
  • Cite numbers and other specifics.
  • Stress accomplishments.
  • Cite examples to illustrate skills/traits.
  • Have a CS professional review your final draft.
  • Select the format that best highlights your skills and experience.
  • Design your resume for easy skimming.
  • Include "buzz" words only if you are sure of their meaning.
  • Tailor separate resumes to fit each type of job for which you are applying.
  • Be sure to mention honors and activities.

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