Building your resume


Jenna Carda

What to Do and what not to do (Don’t) for you resume.

Jenna Carda, Assistant Editor


  • Make the resume unique
    • Use something other than a Word template when creating a resume. Be traditional and simple, but make the piece stand out. The average recruiter spends 6.25 seconds when they first look at a resume. Be the one that catches their eye.


  • Use updated and relevant information
    • List the most recent jobs and experience first. This is easier for recruiters to see what you have done right away without taking the time to search for it.
    • Make sure the information is clear and leaves the employer content — not asking questions or being left confused.


  • Talk yourself up
    • Why should the employer look at the applicant? Person applying? They are seeing a piece of paper. This is the opportunity to show strengths and reasons for hire in the most detail — without being overwhelming.


  • Translate to numbers
    • Numbers can usually prove a point better than words.
    • Employers want to see how the applicant can benefit them and their company’s goals/mission. Having the numbers listed on a resume can show that information plainly and is easier to understand.


  • Have spelling and grammar mistakes
    • Simple mistakes show sloppiness. No employer wants to hire someone that is not willing to take the time to proof his or her own work.


  • Provide false information
    • Don’t enhance or lie about past titles. This can be a sure way of losing credibility and the reputation of your abilities.


  • Use clichs and jargon
    • Don’t use the key words and phrases people hear all the time. Do the words hold meaning? Tell what that meaning is and why it is important to the career that you are applying for.


  • Be too personal