Resume Dos and Don'ts

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Resume Dos and Don'ts

This post was written by Madison Elliott, our Campus Ambassador at Quinnipiac University. Follow Madison on Twitter at @_Maddierose.

A good resume in today’s job market is crucial for the hiring process. The guidelines and rules for making a resume seem to be constantly changing, so no one is ever sure what details to put on and leave out. However, there are some things on a resume that should never change. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts of resume building that will always be relevant.

DO make your opening bio target the job you are going for. Take words from the job description of the company you are applying for and use them to describe yourself. If the job requires “skilled social media expert” and you are one, use that phrase to describe yourself.

DO focus on your accomplishments and special skills. Don’t just write “organized” but WHAT you organized. Detail is important.

DO include a position you held at a company and the name of the company, even if it has a religious or political affiliation. “An employer can't discriminate against your culture or beliefs and it’s definitely important to show that you hold positions on exec boards. I have involvement in campus ministry on my résumé and no one has ever said anything about it being controversial.” –Amanda Gallucci from Providence College.

DON’T include personal information such as race, religious preference, or political views. As said before, a company cannot discriminate against beliefs, so it unnecessary to list these things unless you are applying for a political or religious job.

DON’T be wordy. Use bullet points that are concise and easy to read. Leave the wordy sentences for your cover letter or bio.

DON’T overload your resume with accomplishments from high school. Show your employer you are mature and what you are involved in NOW. Not involved in anything? This should be motivation to join a club or organization. You can’t rely on your high school success forever.

Always remember to limit your resume to one or two pages, and try to update it as much as often to keep your experience current.