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Dos and Don'ts of Writing Your Resume

1. Customize your résumé for each potential employer. Think about the position you are applying for, read the description of the position and be sure to word each job description and its duties in your résumé to match the job for which you are applying.

2. Use bullets to draw attention to the list of job duties. Keep each line short. Avoid long explanations. Get right to the point.

3. Within your bulleted list, use past tense verbs. Use the job description provided by the potential employer for reference, and borrow their language to describe your past experience. If they are looking for someone who has web development experience, and you’ve done that, write developed number of websites. Check out this list of great action verbs to describe your experience.

4. Use numbers in your bullets.
No: Textbook account manager
Yes: Managed 12 accounts in the southwestern U.S.
No: Web designer for non profit groups
Yes: Designed 20 websites, 4 of which won awards in their fields
No: Volunteer at an at-risk daycare center
Yes: Volunteered an average of 10 hours/week providing childcare and support for teen mothers

5. In the first bullet of each description, list your most impressive and relevant information. This ensures that potential employers see those first and aren’t bogged down with other details.

6. More than one page is OK. Be sure that you are concise, but don’t leave off important information just to keep it at one page.

7. Use a generic font, like Arial or Times New Roman. Keep it simple, easy to read and easy to convert for Mac and PC users. Don’t go smaller than size 10 for the font.
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