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Quick Tips

Quick Tips

  1. Make your name stand out with Bold Text, Underlining, or ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.
  2. Keep your resume clear and easy-to-read with one or two different font styles and sizes. Avoid the busy look of too many styles and sizes.
  3. Use different font styles to emphasize certain items and lines. Use action verbs in the description of your jobs and activities.
  4. You don’t have to send a reference sheet with your resume. It’s your choice.
  5. Always list your phone numbers and addresses… ALWAYS.
  6. Eliminate excessive punctuation, and omit articles (a, an, the) if needed.
  7. Use simple good quality paper –  nothing fancy or colorful (in most cases, your application is photocopied anyway).   Font and style should be plain and simple and kept consistent for both résumé and letter.
  8. Keep the résumé short and simple.  Omit career objective statement and personal information such as age, health or marital status.  A two-page résumé is sufficient – i.e. just enough to spark our interest so we want to learn more.
  9. While a typical student résumé would have education first followed by work experience, use the résumé to highlight your strongest asset first.  For example, if you are a mature student with strong work experience you might consider putting work experience first.   Either way, use headings to guide the reader and present your most recent education and work experience first – i.e.. in reverse chronological order.
  10. Include all post-secondary education identifying the school, years attended, degree obtained and major area (s) of study.
  11. Include awards, accomplishments, publications, interests and community involvement.  These help to spark conversations during an interview and give us an insight into your achievements beyond work and school.
  12. Include recent and relevant work experience identifying the dates, employer and position held.  Provide a brief description and use active verbs to describe responsibilities.
  13. Do not exaggerate work experiences or job titles.
  14. Repeat contact details on résumé from cover letter in case the documents get separated.  It is advisable to staple the entire application together.
  15. Proofread, proofread, proofread.   Spelling mistakes, awkward grammar and inconsistent verb tenses are distractions and can sometimes muddle your message.  Consider having a classmate or your Career Development Officer take a look with a fresh pair of eyes.
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