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Basic Resume Writing Tips

  • Start with a blank document and not a generated template.
  • Use standard 8.5” by 11” white, professional paper.
  • Keep a one-inch margin of all four sides of the page.
  • Use a legible font that is not difficult to read. Good choices are Times New Roman, Ariel or Helvetica.
  • Keep sentences short and to the point.
  • Bold or capitalize important headlines to stand out.
  • Single space within sections.
  • Double space between sections.
  • Whenever possible, demonstrate the outcomes you have achieved by quantifying results.
  • Edit and eliminate redundancies.
  • Proofread for spelling and factual errors.
  • Place most important information first and group related experiences together.
  • Keep format consistent (e.g font size/type, order of information, layout, etc.).
  • Tailor your resume to each position.
  • Use power words, especially verbs, to strengthen statements.
  • Emphasize transferable skills.
  • If you include non-work experience, explain why what you did offers skills that are relevant to the position you are seeking.

Verbs to Empower Your Resume

  • Accomplished
  • Achieved
  • Administered
  • Analyzed
  • Arranged
  • Assessed
  • Collaborated
  • Communicated
  • Completed
  • Conducted
  • Consulted
  • Contributed
  • Coordinated
  • Corresponded
  • Created
  • Designed
  • Determined
  • Developed
  • Directed
  • Drafted
  • Encouraged
  • Enhanced
  • Established
  • Evaluated
  • Examined
  • Expanded
  • Facilitated
  • Formulated
  • Fostered
  • Generated
  • Guided
  • Handled
  • Identified
  • Illustrated
  • Implemented
  • Improved
  • Initiated
  • Inspected
  • Integrated
  • Invented
  • Investigated
  • Maintained
  • Managed
  • Maximized
  • Negotiated
  • Operated
  • Organized
  • Oversaw
  • Performed
  • Planned
  • Prepared
  • Presented
  • Processed
  • Produced
  • Provided
  • Published
  • Recorded
  • Regulated
  • Repaired
  • Reported
  • Represented
  • Researched
  • Resolved
  • Reviewed
  • Revised
  • Scheduled
  • Secured
  • Served
  • Specialized
  • Strengthened
  • Supervised
  • Supported
  • Taught
  • Trained
  • Validated
  • Verified
  • Wrote
  • Weighed