General Resume Guidelines

Lead with your strongest statement Do not use abbreviations (exceptions include middle initial and directions such as N for North)
Emphasize your skills Do not use “I” to refer to yourself
Keep it brief (1-2 pages) Avoid any mention of salary expectations or wage history
Use 8 ¬ę” x 11″ paper Do not print on a Dot Matrix printer
Correct all typographical, grammatical and spelling errors Do not use fancy typeset, binders or exotic paper
Include employment related accomplishments Do not send a photograph of yourself
Target your qualifications Avoid statements that you cannot document
Clearly communicate your purpose and value to employers Do not change the tense of verbs or use the passive voice
Maintain eye appealing visual appearance It is not necessary to use the title “resume”
Use the best format to showcase your skills Do not include references on the resume
Appear neat, well organized and professional Do not include hobbies or social interests unless they contribute to your objective
Be creative Do not staple or fold your resume
Always include a cover letter when mailing your resume
Use quantifiable measures, values, percentages, measurable outcomes, to enhance your qualifications