Resumes & Letters

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  • Begin your rough draft to preferably fit on one or two pages, with the most relevant information emphasized based on the requirements of the position you are seeking. Avoid using a resume wizard as these can create future editing challenges.
  • Refer to our Tip Sheets for resume samples and more.
  • Have your resume proofed by one of our Career Advisors, or one or two persons you trust as having expertise in resume development and your career field.

Resume Rules 

  • It must be flawless and contain no spelling or grammatical errors.
  • Format must be visually attractive with appropriate spacing and headings highlighted.
  • Quantify accomplishments when possible (numbers, dollars, percentages).
  • Content must be accurate and honest
  • Avoid personal information such as age, marital status, height/weight.
  • Print resume on conservative paper (ivory, gray, or white is best for scanning).
  • Do not use personal pronouns or complete sentences.  Use action verbs (PDF) and phrases to describe tasks and responsibilities.
  • If two pages, do not staple.  Place your name and "Page two" on the second page.
  • Indicate numbers 10 and over as numerical, nine and under as written words.


The chronological resume is the #1 most commonly used resume format.



  • If uploading your resume online or submitting your resume via email, convert it first to PDF format to ensure it appears correctly to the reader.
  • Use key words in your resume related to your industry as many employers scan for these words to identify desirable candidates.