- Format your resume to reflect the standard legal outline form. Look at these samples.
- Proofread. There should be no errors in grammar, spelling or punctuation.
- Do not overuse font types, underlines or boldface type.
- Print on 8 1/2 x 11” white or off-white heavy bond paper.
- Tailor each resume to reflect the qualifications required for the specific position or job announcement.
- Resumes should be no more than one page in length. The exception will be for those with extensive experience or for those applying for a public interest, academic or consulting position.
- Do not include a job objective or an experience summary section on the resume unless specifically requested by the employer.
- A section containing additional information (i.e., publications, affiliations, languages, volunteer activities, personal interests) should only be included if applicable.
- The resume should include a heading containing your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and any further identifying information specifically requested by the employer.
- Do not print “Resume” at the top of the page.
- Do not include references on your resume-create a separate reference page.
- List in reverse chronological order, giving the degrees and dates received or expected.
- Honors, awards, scholarships and impressive rankings should be listed with the appropriate degree and institution.
- Grades generally should be included unless they fall below your school’s equivalent of a 3.0.
- List in reverse chronological order.
- Include the name of the employer, location of the position, job title and dates of employment.
- Keep your descriptions in the active voice.
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