A resume is brief description of your previous education, work experience, and additional relevant information. If you have not received a response to your cover letter and resume within a reasonable time (up to three weeks), follow up with a phone call.
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A Resume Should

  • Always have a COVER LETTER which refers to an ad or a position
  • Use correct information. Proofread several times and have someone else proofread for you. Accuracy is extremely important.
  • Keep It Short and Simple (KISS)
  • Limit your resume to one page
  • Keep sentences brief. Under 12 words
  • Do not write in paragraphs
  • Be easy to read. The experience you have will sell you, not the size of the words you use.
  • Use action verbs such as managed, supervised, monitored, marketed, created, developed, planned, organized, reviewed, evaluates, etc.
  • Be specific, give examples
  • Stress achievements
  • Be positive and enthusiastic
  • Be honest, don’t exaggerate
  • Use standard 8.5” by 11” paper
  • Keep a one-inch margin on all four sides of the page
  • Avoid fancy type such as outline, shade, script, or other difficult to read styles
  • Double space between sections
  • Bold, Underline or CAPITALIZE section headings to make them stand out
  • Single space within sections
  • Use bullet dots or an asterisk at the beginning of each entry to separate one from another and to guide the reader’s eye into the sentence
  • Be organized logically. Make sure the format is scalable
  • Be ordered in importance, promoting your selling points
  • Buy quality photocopies. Choose white, ivory or gray paper. Avoid flashy papers.
  • Mail you resume in good condition preferably in a large envelope.

Resume Formats

Chronological Format

  • Is organized in logical steps
  • List experience from last employer first, then continues backward
  • Includes dates of employment and experience
  • Accounts for gaps in time and experience

Functional Format

  • List skills and accomplishments
  • Highlight skill areas with specific examples
  • Is an excellent format if you are entering the work force or changing fields

Resume Components

Contains contact information such as name, address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address

Job Objective
States the type of position you desire and at what level you wish to enter. In one short sentence tell the kind to work you are looking for (seeking full-time position in…) or state that you are (Seeking and entry-level position in…).


  • Names and locations of schools or programs and dates of attendance
  • Diploma and grade-point-average, if 3.0 or above
  • Course work related to the job you want
  • Honors, awards, and scholarships.

Skills and Abilities
List specific skills or abilities you have. Directly under each skill, list the ways in which you’ve used it. Limit each use to one line.

Work Experience

  • Names and addresses of employers
  • Names and addresses of employers
  • Dates and duties of employment
  • Use action verbs to describe major accomplishments.

Indicates that your references are available upon request. You should have a list of your references prepared in advance.