How to Create a Strong Resume

A resume is a concise, informative summary of your achievements, education, and experience. Your resume should highlight your strongest assets and skills, and differentiate you from other candidates seeking similar positions.

Tailor your resume to the type of position you are seeking. This doesn’t mean that all of your experiences must relate directly, but your resume should reflect the kind of skills the employer would value.

• Specific rather than general
• Active rather than passive
• Written to express not impress
• Articulate rather than “flowery”
• Fact-based (quantify and qualify)
• Written for people to scan quickly

• Use personal pronouns (such as I)
• Abbreviate
• Use a narrative style
• Use slang or colloquialisms
• Include a picture
• Include age or gender
• List references
• Start each line with a date

• Be consistent in format and content
• Make it easy to read and follow, balancing white
• Use consistent spacing, underlining, italics, bold,
and capitalization for emphasis
• List headings (such as Experience) in order of
• Within headings, list information in reverse chronological order (most recent first)
• Avoid information gaps such as a missing summer
• Be sure that your formatting will translate properly
if converted to a .pdf


Amy WattHow to Create a Strong Resume