- Use 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.
- 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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