A resume is a concisely written marketing tool that promotes your accomplishments, skills and qualifications for a job or internship. The goals of a resume are to show the employer that you have the skills they seek and invite you to an interview.
Did you know that employers spend an average of SIX SECONDS looking at your resume? Follow the format and content tips below to ensure that you submit a targeted, customized and concise resume that will be noticed.
One page with copy that is clear and concise. It may be two pages if you have extensive and relevant work experience.
Balanced margins (0.5” to 1”) and good ratio of text to white space
An easy-to-read and professional font in 10- to 12-point size
Selective use of bold, italics, underlining and capitalization
The most important information listed toward the top of the resume, for example Education, Skills, or Summary of Qualifications
Package your most relevant experiences under a heading that matches the type of work you are seeking, for example “Film Production Experience” which may include experiences from part-time jobs, volunteer work, class projects, club/leadership activities, etc.
Triple-check to ensure there are:
No spelling or grammar errors. Make sure to proofread carefully.
No personal pronouns (I, me, we)
No personal information (picture, age, religion, marital status, disability, etc.)
No salary history or reason for leaving a job
No mentions of jobs or experience more than 10-15 years. You can include degrees but not graduation dates.