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  • Use professional, easy to read fonts (e.g., Arial, Times New Roman, Garamond, etc.).
  • Choose categories that emphasize your individual strengths.
  • Use underlining, bolding, and italics to emphasize categories and important topics.
  • Keep your format consistent (e.g., font size/type, order of information, layout, etc.).
  • Tailor your resume for each position (See Sample Resume 1, Sample Resume 2).
  • Place the most important information first and group related experiences together.
  • User power verbs to strengthen your statements.
  • Quantify and qualify your accomplishments.
  • Include relevant non-work experiences.
  • Emphasize transferable skills
  • Keep information up-to-date.
  • Edit and proofread multiple times.


  • Use a resume template.
  • Use fancy and unusual fonts.
  • Set margins to be less than .5 on any side of the document.
  • Use a font size below 10 point.
  • Use personal pronouns, abbreviations, or acronyms.
  • Exaggerate your experiences or accomplishments.
  • Include confidential information.
  • Include everything and anything you have ever done.
  • Repeat informaiton offered in another category.
  • List references on your resume (instead create a spearate document).
  • List inaccurate information.