Resume Essentials

Resume: a brief account of one’s experience and qualifications for the purpose of securing an interview for employment.

  • FOCUS – There must be a focus to the document so the resume can stand alone without a cover letter and the reader knows immediately the purpose of the resume.
  • QUALIFICATIONS MUST MATCH THE JOB – Identify skills, core attributes, experiences, etc. which show your value to the reader. Tell the employer what you can do for them.
  • ACTION VERB + SKILL + TASK = RESULT – formula for writing bulleted phrases defining work experience
  • BALANCE – The document must look aesthetically appealing
  • 1 page (2 pages only if second page is full)
  • Font size: 10-12 pt.
  • Font styles: Calibri, Times New Roman, Arial
  • Must be scanned in 15 seconds or less
  • Avoid using templates such as Microsoft Word – they are difficult to edit
  • References are on a separate page
  • ERROR-FREE – no exceptions