Developing a Great Resume: The “DO’S and DON’TS”

Podcast 11: I am My Sister’s Keeper – Professional Development – Recap

There is so much to say about developing a great resume. In many ways, some things have remained the same. But, in other ways, some things have changed with the time. Some of the things that have stayed the same include the reason we need resumes and the order in which it should be. For example, you can choose for your resume to be chronological, functional or a combination of the two. Another key part of your resume that doesn’t change is the categories. For example, first thing first, your full name, City and State, and contact information will always be on the header; follow by your summary of qualifications, or objection. Lastly, the part that tells the employer the full story of your past, present and future career goals is your skills, experience, education, and any certificates or licenses you acquired.

So, what has changed, you ask? Although your resume is a story about your career, it’s also, a piece of document that employers use to answer some very key questions. Mainly, what can you do for them? Do you have an understanding of the company’s mission? Does your experience aligned with the current role you are applying for? And lastly, what makes you stand out from the rest? To be able to answer these questions, you have to do several things. One, you have to tailor your resume to each company to the qualities listed on the position. Two, use keywords relating to the jobs you are applying for. In doing so, you are making it easy for HR to find you when they run a search query base on specific words. Three, use effective titles and be as descriptive as possible, which will give the employer a good idea about the nature of your past work experiences. Four, identify your transferable skills, and how they would bring value to the company. Five, communicate your professional objective of where you are going. Six, when describing your experiences or skills, list the most important ones first. Finally, and this one is hard but it’s doable, tell them a story. Better yet, tell them a story that demonstrates your character. Persuade the employer of your ability to communicate, and listen effectively. Instead of talking about your past responsibilities, connect your story to tangible results by using numbers, and your achievements to show how you could benefit the company.
Lastly, prepare yourself for the interview. The best way to do that is to do your research on the company. Then, positioned contacts you’ve developed on LinkedIn and elsewhere to get insight and expand your familiarity with the company, industry language and culture.
In closing, here is a quick list of “do’s and don’ts” for developing a good resume that’s easy to remember.


✓All the spelling, grammar and punctuation must be perfect. Have someone else read through your resume and cover letter before you submit them.

✓Express yourself clearly and briefly– choose your words carefully. Use simple bullet points.

✓Most resumes should be 1–2 pages in length.

✓Try and keep things looking simple and clean vs. cluttered and busy. Use simple type and graphics especially if you will be submitting on-line.

✓Print in black and white with few if any color accents.

✓ Focus on highlighting job accomplishments, not job duties.
Volunteer activities and hobbies look better if job related.

✓ Include links to your web site or personal work examples if applicable.


✓DO NOT have misspellings, grammatical errors and inconsistent punctuation.

✓Don’t ramble on in paragraphs.

✓Don’t have many different types of formats, bullets and type.

✓Don’t list high school

✓Don’t print your resume on bright colored, scented paper or odd sized or shaped paper.

✓Don’t ever send out your resume without having someone proof read it for you

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