Resume Dos and Donts

Resume Do's and Dont's

When resume writing, ensure that you:



  • Use action words, such as developed, managed and designed.
  • Keep paragraphs under seven lines. Since resumes are often scanned by recruiters, it has a better chance of being read if it is condensed.
  • Be honest.
  • Check thoroughly for grammar and spelling mistakes. It's a good idea to have a friend look it over for unnoticed mistakes.
  • Use normal margins (approx 2 cms on top and bottom, approx 2.5 cms on sides).
  • Make sure your resume is clear and visually pleasing.
  • Make your resume unique. List technical skills, certificates awarded, professional memberships, military experience, travel and community work if it relates to the job you are seeking.



  • Be vague. Use percentages and numbers wherever possible, such as "Cut subsidiary costs by 25%, saving the company $1,400 for the fiscal year."
  • Be too focused on job duties. Go above and beyond, listing the new programs you took part in.
  • Write about inappropriate and unnecessary personal experiences. Always pertain your activities to the job you are seeking.
  • Use personal pronouns, such as "I" and "me."
  • Include copies of transcripts, letters of recommendation or awards.
  • Include reasons you left your previous job.