• Limit to one page. You do not have to state everything you have done on a resume, but everything you state must be true.
  • Determine the type of layout that works best for your experience. You may use bolding to emphasize key skills and accomplishments.
  • Tailor your resume to the type of position to which you are applying. Decide what you want your resume to convey about your abilities.
  • Maintain a consistent writing style. a. Do Not use “I” or “my.” b. You may use complete or fragmented sentences as long as the meaning is clear and style is consistent. c. Start each description with an action word. Use present tense verbs when referring to current activities. Use past tense verbs when referring to past activities. d. Especially if you are interested in the financial industry use numbers, where appropriate, to quantify the scope of involvement. e. Include a brief explanation of an organization in your description if its name is obscure. Remember, the reader is not necessarily familiar with Trinity.
  • Emphasize outcome, accomplishments and breadth of responsibility. Examples: Streamlined invoice procedures reducing staff processing time. Organized publicity campaign leading to 25% increase in volunteers.
  • Be concise and clear in your descriptions. Do not try to impress employers with the use of complicated or confusing words.
  • Make sure there are no typing, spelling or grammar errors.
  • Do not use contractions and make sure you define abbreviations or acronyms.
  • Be consistent. For example, if your headings are in bold type, all headings should be in bold. Each entry should follow a uniform format.
  • Spell check, but remember that spell check does not catch everything. Have someone proofread your resume.
  • Choose a font that is easy to read: Palatino or Times, no larger than 14 point and no smaller than 10 point.
  • In most cases a cover letter should be attached to your resume.
  • Print final copies of your resume on quality paper. Use the same color and type of paper for resume, cover letter and envelope. Make sure the paper photocopies well.
  • Seek advice from the Career Services Office for suggested improvements in wording, layout and style.