- Keep your resume brief enough to fit on one page, or two pages if experience
is extensive. Be sure the second page has enough information to cover at least half the page. Your name and page number should be
included on the second page in the top right corner.
- Arrange your school names, job titles, and employer names in a manner that controls the reader's attention and highlights
your most notable work or educational experience and skills. Dates should be used as a guide to the
reader but are not the most important part. Employers read many resumes; be sure a fast reading highlights what you want employers to notice.
- Boldface type, italic type, underlining, and the use of some headings written
entirely in CAPITAL LETTERS can highlight important parts of your resume. DON'T OVERDO IT!
- Make good use of spacing. Well-organized, special arrangements can emphasize important
points you wish to emphasize; it also adds to the overall impression of neatness and orderliness.
- Resumes should be laser printed on good quality bond paper in a neutral color
(white, ivory or grey).
- In this electronic marketplace, many employers are increasingly requesting that applicants e-mail resumes.
Not all employers accept attachments. Check out "The Electronic Application" for further information.
- Additionally, some employers are using computers to read/scan resumes.
These computers are programmed to search for key words on the resume. A handout on "Preparing a Scannable Resume" and
other resources are available in the CDC to help you write a resume that grabs attention from both computers and people