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Resume Checklist

(T= Traditional Resume, F= Federal Resume)

  • One-page in length (T)
  • Tailored to the position for which you are applying (T) (F)
  • Visually appealing, well-organized and easy to read (T) (F)
  • One font, margins no less than .5 and no more than 1 inch around (T)
  • Checked for proper spelling, grammar and punctuation (T) (F)
  • Printed on resume quality, neutral-colored paper (T)
  • Uses strong action verbs and power words (T) (F)
  • Current – updated every semester (T) (F)
  • Avoid the words “Duties included…” and “Responsible for…” just say it! (T)
  • Use numbers, such as percentages or amounts of money to show scope and impact (T) (F)
  • Has been reviewed by at least one of the Career Counselors (T) (F)
  • Avoid personal pronouns like “I” or “my” (T) (F)
  • Use correct state abbreviations (i.e. AL, GA, MS)