Resume Writing Tips
The Dos and Don'ts

These simple resume writing tips are an important component of the resume writing process. The ultimate goal of resume writing is to entice the hiring manager to contact you for an interview.

Following these instructions will assist you in accomplishing that goal.


DO use spell check every time you update your resume. One simple typo can ruin your chances of getting hired.

DO ask someone to proofread your work.

DO substitute passive words with action words.

DO use a dictionary to look up words if you are unsure of their meaning.

DO spell out words instead of using abbreviations.

DO be consistent:

  • If you capitalize one section heading, capitalize them all.
  • If you use bold font for one job title, use bold for all job titles.
  • If you double space between the first two jobs, double space between the second and third, and so forth.

  • Continue the same pattern throughout.

DO tailor your resume to the specific position you are applying for. For example: If you are applying for a management position, make sure the content of your resume is related to management.

If your resume focuses on customer service, but you are applying for a management job, you will not be considered for the position.

DO focus on accomplishments and successes, not just duties and responsibilities of your current and past employment.

DO be 100% honest. Never lie or stretch the truth.

DO update your resume on a regular basis.


Use personal pronouns (I, me, my)

Include personal information (race, age, marital status, or hobbies).

Type the words, References available upon request. This statement has no meaning on a resume. If the employer wants references, they will ask you for them.

Use words you cannot define or pronounce.

Exaggerate. This can be perceived as lying.

Include salary information.

Proofread your own work. Ask someone to proofread it for you.

For more resume writing tips, please visit the resume basics page.

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