Career Resources

General Resume Guidelines

FORMAT

1. Keep your resume to ONE page.

2. Read your resume. Can you get the basic gist of it in 30 seconds? If not, revise: recruiters generally spend only 8 seconds reviewing a resume.

3. Make TITLES and ORGANIZATIONS stand out, using bold, small caps or all caps.

4. Avoid italics, as italicized words may come out illegible.

5. Leave enough white space between lines and in the margins to balance out the text.

6. The font size should be no smaller than 10.5pt.

7. If you can’t fit everything on one page, delete experiences that are not relevant, happened too long ago, or developed skills that you gained through other, more lengthy or robust experiences.

CONTENT

1. Organize your resume in reverse chronological order, listing the most recent experiences first. Order past experiences by the date of completion.
Example: An internship from April-July 2014 should be listed above a volunteer trip in May 2014.

2. Do not include experiences or awards gained before Junior College/late secondary school, unless they were very substantial or meaningful.

3. Include your expected graduation date and intended major. If you are undecided, list the major you are currently most keen on.

4. Emphasize skills and experiences that are relevant to the position you are seeking.

5. Show, don’t tell! Use specific examples with numbers if possible.
Example: “Developed fundraising initiatives” versus “Raised over $70,000 through new initiatives such as direct mailing, campus fundraisers, and fundraising galas”

6. Use strong active verbs, such as:

accelerateddevelopedimplementedprogrammedset up
adapteddirectedinterpretedproposedsolved
administeredeliminatedimprovedprovedstructured
analysedestablishedlaunchedprovidedstreamlined
approvedevaluatedledrecommendedsupervised
auditedexpandedmaintainedrecruitedsupported
coordinatedexpeditedmotivatedreducedtaught
conceivedfacilitatedorganizedremodelledtrained
conductedfoundedoriginatedreorganizedtranslated
completedgeneratedparticipatedrevisedtravelled
controlledidentifiedperformedreviewedutilized
createdincreasedplannedscheduled
delegatedinfluencedpinpointedsimplified

Example: “Responsible for recruiting” versus “Contacted, recruited and trained 15 new volunteers.”