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Review your resume and check for the following

  • Your resume may never be longer than one page (unless you have more than 8 years of post-graduation experience).
  • Margins: .5” top and bottom’ .7” left and right.
  • Calibri is the font of choice (note: this page is done in Calibri).  Other recommended fonts are Trebuchet MS, Verdana, and Century Gothic.  Please note that some fonts are larger than others, and the font size you use will need to be adjusted accordingly, to make your résumé fit onto one page.
  • Header – Need name and contact information, including your customized LinkedIn public profile URL.  Remove your street address; retain your city, state and zip code.
  • Do not “label” your phone number or email address; everyone knows what they are.
  • Your name should be the largest thing on the page: 16, bold, all caps.
  • Section headings should be 11, 11.5 or 12, bold, either all caps or small caps.
  • Text should either be 9.5, 10, 10.5 or 11, depending upon which font you’re using and how much text you have to fit on one page.  Remember: your text needs to be legible, which means large enough to read without a magnifying glass.
  • Objectives are OUT.  You need a 5 or 6-line SUMMARY: the profession you want to enter, your core skills/knowledge, any softer skills that make you good at what you do, computer proficiency and language skills.
  • Education is written on one line, with GPA, honors, dean’s list and scholarships on lines below it, as needed:
    BA, Psychology (minor: Sociology), Brooklyn College/CUNY – expect to graduate June 2015
    Major GPA: 3.85; Overall GPA: 3.6  /  Dean’s List: Fall 2012, Spring 2013
  • Education goes directly under the Summary (unless you have more than 8 years of post-graduation experience, when it should appear beneath the Experience section).
  • Company location (city and state) goes next to company name; dates go on the same line against the right-hand margin.
  • No months in dates of employment; full years only.  Use the full 4 digits:  2007, 2010, etc.
  • Job title goes directly under company name.
  • Remove unnecessary articles (e.g. a/an, the)
  • No personal pronouns (I, you, he, she, we, they; me, you, him, her, us, them) and no possessives (my, mine, your, yours, our, ours, his, her, hers, its, their, theirs)
  • Remove personal information (hobbies, etc.) unless it pertains to your profession.
  • Remove “References available upon request.”

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