Use concise language. Eliminate all extraneous words.
Frequently, direct and indirect articles such as “the” and “a” should be
omitted. In addition, leave out personal articles such as “I”, “my”, “me”
Use a legible, 11 or 12 point font. The style of font you
choose is one way to give your resume flair and personality. However, we
recommend a fairly conservative font, especially if applying for a job in
a conservative field. Examples of suggested font styles are Arial, Times
New Roman and Garamond.
Keep your margins between .5”-1”. Margins do not
have to be the same on all sides.
Minimize or omit anything that is irrelevant or mundane.
Personal and high school information should not go into a resume. Stick to
facts, leave opinions and beliefs about your personal qualities for the
Select and order the major categories (e.g., Work
Experience, Education) so that the most relevant information is near the
top of your resume where it will receive the majority of the reader's
attention. This applies to the statements under each employment entry --
order your statements so that the most relevant and impressive duties and
accomplishments are near the top of the bulleted list or paragraph.
Your resume must be free of typographical and
grammatical errors. Pay special attention to the proper use of
capitalization and punctuation. When writing the names of school subjects,
do not capitalize the first letter unless they are incorporated in the
title of a course (e.g., math; Principles of Math). All languages
There is no single correct way to write a resume. Each
person will have a unique way to present the information. Therefore, you
may receive conflicting advice if you ask several people for their
opinions. We suggest you use a single qualified person (such as a PEP
counselor, of course!) to critique your resume.
Print your resume on 22-25 lb. cotton bond paper. Stick to
conservatively colored paper. Always use a laser printer. Digital
photocopies may be made from a laser-printed original copy.
The length of your resume will usually be one page but no
longer than two pages. It is typical for someone who has many relevant
work experiences and accomplishments to have a 2-page resume. If your
resume is two pages long, make sure your name is on the top of the second