Do's and Don'ts

DO’s
• Create a document which is clear, concise and easy to read.
• Strive to limit the length to one, no more than two pages.
• Emphasize your strongest qualifications and position towards the top and left margins.
• Share your degrees and credentials up front following your name.
• Facilitate communication by sharing both your home/office telephone numbers and your email address.
• Highlight your strengths by beginning with a Summary/Achievements/Accomplishments section.
• Utilize bulleted statements with action verbs and stress supportive facts and figures.
• Expedite resume review by the reader by sharing your recent job experience first. List positions in reverse chronological order.
• Support your education and credentials with institutions, years achieved. Avoid dates over 25 years old to minimize age discrimination.
• Presentation is critical! Usespell checker. A poor resume is a reflection of the one who prepared it.


DON’Ts
• Refrain from the title "Resume" and the ending "References Furnished Upon Request." They waste valuable space.
• Avoid the use of an "Objective Statement." They are generic in content and self-limiting.
• Steer clear of overlapping dates of employment, without providing statements of clarification.
• Abstain from sharing your salary history or reasons for leaving previous employment.
• Do not stretch the truth! Misinformation or untruthful statements will inevitably come back to haunt you.
• Shy away from providing more than 20 years of previous work experience. It takes space, will date you and is likely no longer pertinent.
• Avoid personal sections, activities and memberships which are not business related.
• Fight the tendency to allow your resume to become outdated. You never know when opportunity may knock and you want to be prepared.