1. Font matters.
Pick a simple font that is easy to read. Size 10 or 12 font is the standard.
2. No references.
There is no need to include references on your resume, including “References available upon request.”
3. No pictures.
Don’t include a photo with your application unless the employer specifically requests it. Save your picture for your LinkedIn profile.
4. You might need more than one resume.
Tailor your resume to the job you are applying for. Keep multiple versions of your resume updated.
5. Don’t list all of your work experience.
Only list recent and/or relevant experience. Employers aren’t interested in your summer job from 10 years ago.
6. Skip personal information.
Employers don’t need to know your age, your religion, or your marital status.
7. Focus on your achievements.
Your resume should be highlight your achievements. Go beyond tasks and responsibilities.
8. Lose the objective statement.
Objective statements are no longer part of standard resume formats. Opt for a career summary instead.
9. Proofread….and proofread again.
Double-check your resume and your cover letter against the job listing, and have a friend look for any typos or other errors.
10. Consider getting professional help.