Do’s and Don’ts


  • Create a document which is clear, concise and easy to read
  • Strive to limit the length to 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 cell/home phone 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.
  • Presentation is critical! Use spell checker. A poor resume is a reflection of the one who prepared it.


  • 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 previous work experience that is 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  • Fight the tendency to allow your resume to become outdated.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.

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