Resume Tips


            The purpose of a resume is to introduce yourself as a solution to a problem that the hiring firm has. Appealing to your audience, using the right keywords and providing examples of how you can solve their problems is how you land an interview. Your audience should easily be able to pick out who you are, where you are, what you can do for them and how to get a hold of you from a quick skim of your resume. Your audience doesn’t need to know what your hobbies are, what you named your dog or other similar personal information. You only have so much space on your resume, make sure every word counts and carries significance.

  Resume writing do’s and don’ts


  • While writing your resume, remember that you are selling yourself.
  • Identify key transferable skills that relate to the position being applied for, and highlight applicable skills.
  • Include awards and accomplishments in order to provide a layer of depth in your resume that goes beyond skill and keywords.
  • Use directed and specific keywords to paint an accurate picture of your brand and skills.
  • Use the job position description to find synonymous skills and terms to include in your resume.
  • Use a format that ACCENTUATES your STRENGTHS.
  • Maintain a positive tone throughout the length of resume. (no longer than 2 pages)
  • List accomplishments in a way that is easily relatable to potential employers provide a short and concise description of accomplishments, and how they are applicable to the position. 
  • After multiple proof-readings, go through resume and delete all unnecessary words. The main idea here is short, specific and STAND OUT.
  • Bullets provide a neat way of listing qualifications, accomplishments and experience.
  • Use strong action verbs.
  • Employers care about how you can solve their problems. Provide brief examples of how you have solved problems for your employers in the past – and what the results were.
  • Show employee stability – while maintaining honesty.
  • Keep the same format and tense throughout your resume. For example, if you use bold font for your title, use bold font for all of your titles.


  • Don’t Include information that isn’t directly connected to the position you wish to fill – previous careers, personal info, political/religious preferences.
  • DON’T RUN ON – keep sentences short, concise and to the point. Eliminate content that takes up more space than the information is worth.
  • Don’t list time periods in which you were unemployed – there are different styles of resumes to do in order to avoid this.
  • Don’t include references on your resume, or the phrase “references available upon request.” Have your reference list readily available, references take up a lot of space on your resume, and if the employer wants your references they will ask.
  • Don’t include salary requirements or past salary amounts. This is the last part of the negotiations, don’t jump the gun.

In conclusion, keep in mind that your resume is an advertisement for yourself. Similar to a short television commercial, introduce yourself, provide enough information to give the viewer a good sense of WHO you are, WHAT you’re selling, WHY they should buy your product, and HOW to get in touch with you.


Which type of resume is right for me?

Chronological -

  • Chronological resumes are the most frequently used by professionals.
  • Lists employment in chronological order, (most recent to past) including accomplishments
  • Usually contains a brief objective statement or career summary. (not required)
  • Educational information is included at end of resume (including certifications)

Chronological  resumes are the most common and effective for experienced professionals who want to stress their past experiences and employers. If you are switching careers or have limited experience in the field you're looking for work in, the chronological resume might not be the best format. 


Functional –

Functional resumes focus on highlighting your ABILITIES, instead of past employment.

Past employment is still included at the end of the resume. By the time whoever is reading your resume reaches the past employment section, they have already reviewed your abilities and qualifications. The idea here is that your experience (or lack-there-of) Is an afterthought to the resume reader.

Functional resumes are useful for job seekers who have periods of unemployment in their work history, are looking to re-enter the workforce, are job-hoppers, or are looking to start a new career. If you have a solid employment history, and applicable experience a functional resume might not be the right format for you.



Combination/hybrid resumes are perfect for job seekers looking to include parts of both the functional and chronological resumes. The combination/hybrid resume could be ideal for those changing careers, re-entering the workforce, recent college graduates, those applying for work that required certain technical skills/expertise, students or entry-level job seekers.

  • In order to accentuate the positive, and make the resume fit into your experiences.
  • Usually leads with a strong career summary and qualifications, enticing the reader to read more.
  • Include key skills and accomplishments after career summary.
  • Use a reverse chronological work history, following the chronological resume format.

A combination resume is the most flexible to fit your work history. If your work history shows periodical unemployment, a lack of relative experience in the field being applied for, or are a student a combination resume might be right for you.




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