- Make it visually attractive.
- Create your own unique layout.
- Keep it brief and to the point.
- Use key words from the field for which you are applying.
- Use action phrases rather than complete sentences or paragraphs.
- Stress accomplishments, responsibilities, and variety of duties performed.
- Develop and maintain a consistent and orderly presentation throughout your resume.
- Emphasize your strongest skills or most important employment or educational experience, especially those related to your career goal.
- Stress your advancements, increased responsibilities, and/or accomplishments if you have worked for one organization for a long period of time.
- Use abbreviations (except in the cases of grade point average and degrees; it is optional in these instances).
- List previous salaries, supervisors, employer addresses, or reasons for leaving.
- Have any misspelling or typographical errors.
- Use personal pronouns such as "I" or "my."
- Include your Social Security Number.
- Include a photograph of yourself.
- Use brightly colored paper.
- Use a resume template, such as those in Microsoft Word.
- List names of references. This is done on a separate page and only at an employer's request.