Resumes

 

Content Do's and Don'ts


Your main content should provide specific examples of the responsibilities and tasks you performed at that other job or institution. Here are some tips to remember:  

Do:


When writing your resume, write it from
the perspective of the employer and
his/her needs.
  • Read the job description of the job you are applying for to understand what the ideal candidate would possess.
  • Recall all the qualities/experiences you have had that would fit this job description.
  • Think of the best ways to describe these qualities and experiences.
  • Pick specific examples to include.
  • Choose a resume structure and style that best showcases these experiences/talents.
  • Only mention work/education that is notable.
  • Read and re-read every word. Check out the proofreading checklist at the end of this guide for proofreading tips.

Don’t:

  • Don’t think that the more you write the better. You want impressive experiences and relevant information, not padding.
  • Don’t mention daily, tedious work that you did in previous positions. It doesn’t impress.
  • Don’t mention unskilled jobs. It’s great that you mowed lawns one summer, but don’t put it on your resume unless you are applying for a job to mow lawns.
  • Don’t mention job responsibilities you once had that you don’t want to do in the future; if you don’t want to do secretarial work anymore, leave it out.
  • Don’t include your high school or age.
  • Don’t include past salaries or wages.
  • Don’t include references unless specifically required by the potential employer.

To learn what writing style you should use for your resume, see the next section.

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