Resume Basics | What to Include and What to Avoid | Formatting
- Ensure your NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER are clearly listed at the top of the page.
Stick to ONE PAGE, especially for an entry-level resume.
- If your resume does go to two pages, it should fill at least half of the second page and include relevant information.
Resumes should always be formatted with the MOST RECENT INFORMATION FIRST.
- Use past tense for positions that you no longer hold and current tense for positions you still hold.
List your EDUCATION AT THE BEGINNING OF YOUR RESUME, unless you are an alumna with at least one professional job.
- Be sure to include your degree, MAJOR and EXPECTED GRADUATION DATE. Be sure you know which degree you will receive (such as BA or BS).
- OMIT your HIGH SCHOOL education.
- Include ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE information. If you transferred from another school without earning a degree, you do not need to list that information.
- LIST your GPA if it is a 3.0 OR BETTER.
Be extremely selective when including information such as hobbies and experiences from high school.
- Include them only if you have won awards, achieved a significant milestone or demonstrated leadership through these activities.
- Examples that you can include: achieving Eagle Scout, becoming a black belt or serving as captain of the softball team.
- If your hobby/interests relate to the job, then include them. For example, you are applying to work at MTV and you play in a band.
- Submit or email your resume as a PDF file that includes your full first and last name in the file name, such as: Nick.Foles.Resume.pdf
WHAT TO INCLUDE & WHAT TO AVOID
AVOID USING A VAGUE OR GENERIC OBJECTIVE, or one that states the obvious, such as:
- Use my skills and experience to improve your company.
- Seeking a challenging position that offers professional growth.
- To obtain a marketing internship at Subaru.
- Use an EMAIL ADDRESS that is PROFESSIONAL and one that you check regularly. Ideally, your email address should include your first and last name.
HIGHLIGHT ACCOMPLISHMENTS instead of duties.
- Avoid using phrases like "Responsible for" and "Duties included."
- OMIT PERSONAL PRONOUNS like I, me and my.
- Include the CITY and STATE (or country if not in the United States) with all schools and jobs.
- DO NOT include the statement "References Available Upon Request."
- INCLUDE recent volunteer work, professional associations and awards/recognition.
- For students originally from other countries, particularly if you have international work experience or education: If you are authorized to work permanently in the United States, consider adding the statement "Eligible to work permanently in the United States" or "Work Authorization: US Citizen" to your resume.
- CHECK FOR TYPOS! Also look for spelling and grammatical errors.
- Be sure your resume is EASY TO READ and that the most important information stands out.
- Ensure CONSISTENT FORMATTING including font sizes, typefaces and punctuation.
- Using multiple columns and images may make your resume difficult for job application software programs to read.
CAUTION! Be careful using the templates you find online or in Word/Pages.
- Be sure to consider if they are a good fit for your level of education and experience.
- Templates from Microsoft Word are often difficult to edit and many are not designed for college students/recent graduates.