Resume Tips and Checklist

From resume objective tips to tips on resume formatting, get all your resume questions answered here.

It’s 2016 and you need some up-to-date resume tips to make your resume look fresh and excellent. Luckily we have a simple resume checklist with what you need to make your resume ultra-professional.

If you want to know exactly how to format a resume, you can check out our sample resume. After you’re confident with the basics, use these resume tips to finish the job.

One of our most important resume tips is to keep your resume simple and legible.

2016 Resume Tips and Checklist

  • Pay attention to font and type size.

One of our most important resume tips is to keep your resume simple and legible, so make sure your font is big enough. On the other hand, large fonts can be distracting. If you don’t have a lot of experience, don’t use large fonts to take up space. You’re just drawing attention to the fact that your resume is short.

Go with 11- or 12-point font, and stick with simple, easy-to-read typefaces. Times New Roman or Arial is perfect.

  • Put important information first.

Your name and contact information is the most important, so put it at the top. After that, your objective and work experience are typically the best sections to start with.

Important info first is also effective within sections. If you want to be a teacher, don’t put your pizza delivery job before your job as a math tutor. Also, put your most pertinent skills at the beginning of your skills list.

  • Use bullet points.

Another way to make your resume easy to read is to use bullet points. Employers don’t want to read long paragraphs, and if you’re not using bullet points, you’re making it harder for them to see how great you are.

  • No strange designs.

Make sure your bullet points are just bullet points, not flowers or smiley faces. Also, stay away from colors, photos, or clipart (unless you’re a graphic artist trying to show off.) They don’t make your resume look good. They only make it distracting and silly.

  • Utilize numbers and figures.

Numbers jump off the page at employers and, well, anyone who is going to read your resume. Additionally numbers keep your sentences simple and attract attention to your accomplishments with your past companies.

  • Write a specific, smart objective.

Don’t just make it all about you! Many job hunters just write about their qualifications in the objective statement. Employers prefer candidates who take those qualifications and focus on how they can use them to help the company.

It’s important that your objective statement is specific to the company that you’re submitting to. This is a little extra work, but it makes your resume much more competitive and gives you a better chance of landing the interview.

  • Don’t use the first person.

No “I” or “me” statements. It’s not professional and it’s also redundant: It’s your resume, so we already know you’re talking about yourself.

  • Don’t include unnecessary details.

If you’re in grad school, don’t list your high school. If you’re in high school, don’t list all your favorite classes. Don’t put juggling in your skills section unless you’re getting a job at the circus.

It’s 2016 so everyone communicates via email or telephone. You don’t necessarily need to add your physical address, even though it used to be standard information.

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