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Prepare 4 Success

Actualizado: 14 jun 2022

Resume Writing Tips:

Get the Biggest Bang!

Resumes are usually scanned by Human Resource professionals, often in large volumes

  • Top 2/3 of the page should have the most important information

  • Include a Personal Statement at the top of your resume that reflects who you are and what you bring (your personal brand)

  • Length of resume should reflect your content but should never exceed 2 pages. One page is preferred but not required.

  • Tailor your resume to the position you are applying for!

  • Highlight the required and preferred skills/characteristics listed in the job

Catching Their Eye!

  • Stay away from graphics and lots of color

    • Use 10-12 pt. font size for general content

    • Use easy to read fonts like Arial or Calibri

    • Use bulleted lists and white space to make it easy to read

  • Templates are easy ways to format

  • Print a copy to make sure it prints out as expected

Work History

  • Include work history for the past 10 years, but no jobs worked less than 3 months

  • Be strategic

    • Listing month and year is the default, but if you have large gaps in employment history, you can list the year only to de-emphasize the gaps

    • Emphasize what shows you off the best. Skills, work history, or education.

  • Use action verbs to describe your job responsibilities and accomplishments. is a good resource!

  • Be specific and concise. Use numbers to show your impact.


  • Include formal education, certifications, and professional developmental training

  • If you have credit hours towards a degree but did not finish include that information and list credit hours completed.

    • For example: Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN 2010–2012; Completed 75 credits towards a Bachelor’s in Business Administration

  • Do not list your graduation date and GPA, unless you are a very recent graduate (last 2 years or less)

What You Bring to the Table: Skills

  • Include both soft skills (such as interpersonal communication) and technical skills (software, equipment, etc.) that apply to the types of job you are applying to

  • Being bi-lingual is an asset so make sure to list it (both the language and your level of fluency)

  • Don’t forget your transferable skills!!! They count!

Helpful resources:

If this is your first time creating a resume ,Access the Got Resume Builder website at and click Log In.

The first time you access the website, you will need to create your account.

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