Visual effect

  • Resume tipsUse larger-than-average margins creating a generous amount of white space on your page.
  • Use underlining and bullet statements sparingly.
  • Use full capitalization for heading and company names only.


  • The maximum length of a resume ought to be two pages. A page for every ten years of employment is a good rule of thumb. Remember, the resume is a sales tool, not an autobiography. Occasionally, a job seeker’s list of publications and presentations (particularly those employees in academics and the sciences) may warrant a third page.

Writing style

  • Write your resume in the third person; do not use “I.”
  • Use strong action verbs such as “developed, evaluated, implemented, organized.”
  • Use technical terms only if they are required to explain your work.
  • Use abbreviations sparingly.

Paper and printing

  • Use good quality white, gray or ivory bond paper. Catchy colors or odd sizes may appear unprofessional.
  • Print your resume copies on a high-quality photocopy machine or with a letter quality printer.


  • Be completely honest. False statements are grounds for dismissal.
  • Eliminate the phrase, “References available upon request,” from your resume. It is assumed that if asked, you can provide references.
  • Never include a picture on your resume.
  • Do not include salary history and salary requirements.
  • Do not include your reference list.
  • Do not state any personal information such as race, marital status, sex, country of origin, religious denomination or political affiliation.

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