Resume Checklist.

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1. Contact Information

  • Full Name
  • Address (Street Address, City, State, Zipcode)
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Personal Photo (Optional)

DO NOT use your nickname (Mike “Big Boss” Smith is not appropriate)

Make sure your email is professional enough (angreebeaver@gmail.com, really?)

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2. Headline

You may optionally add:

  • Brand Statement
  • Objective
  • Profile
  • Write a statement about who you are and what you offer
  • Make it concrete
  • Add a ’30-second elevator pitch’*
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3. Experience

  • The companies you worked for
  • Dates of employment
  • Positions you held
  • Email
  • Responsibilities and achievements

Write in reverse chronological resume format

Focus on the past 10-15 years.

Do not include salary history

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4. Education

High School should be removed if you attended college

Degree listed first, college/university second

Graduation date listed, even if you have not graduated yet

  • Colleges you attended
  • Degrees you attained
  • Special awards and honors you earned
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5. Skills

Choose and include skills related to the position you are applying for

  • Accurate
  • Adaptable
  • Alert
  • Ambitious
  • Amiable
  • Analytical
  • Articulate
  • Assertive
  • Attentive
  • Broad-minded
  • Businesslike
  • Capable
  • Careful
  • Competent
  • Confident
  • Conscientious
  • Consistent
  • Cooperative
  • Dedicated
  • Dependable
  • Determined
  • Efficient
  • Energetic
  • Enterprising
  • Flexible
  • Hardworking
  • Honest
  • Industrious
  • Innovative
  • Motivated
  • Optimistic
  • Organized
  • Patient
  • People-oriented
  • Practical
  • Responsible
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6. Extras

Add Social Media connections only if you have professional accounts:

  • Linkedin
  • Twitter
  • Google +
  • Licenses/Certifications
  • Publications
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Awards and Recognition
  • Portfolio
  • Social Media Profiles
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7. Formatting

  • No more than 1-2 pages
  • Times Roman/other serif fonts, 10-12 point size
  • No more than 2 fonts/sizes
  • Bullet Points for lists
  • Prepare your resume in .doc, .docx, .pdf format

Add the keywords for the Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)

Do not write in all caps

Do not use word art, clipart, or colored backgrounds

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8. Grammar

Check your own name spelling.

This is not a case of ‘Stephanie’ being spelled ‘Stefany’. This is a case of ‘Stephanie’ being spelled ‘Tsephanie’.

  • Use action verbs
  • Avoid jargon and slang words
  • Spell out number from 1 – 9
  • Proofread your resume.

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