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Resume Checklist

Appearance and Format

  • Easy to read; not too much information
  • Word processor generated, with full spell check (automated and manual)
  • uses appropriate font styles and font sizes (10-14 pts.)
  • adequate margins, no less than 1″ and no more than 1.5″
  • creates visual impact using bullets, boldface, underlining, italics, and font sizes to emphasize key words
  • Neatly printed on good quality paper (81/2″ X11″)


  • Contact information clearly stated
  • Clear, focused objective
  • Under the headings “Education” and “Experience,” list the most recent first
  • Summary of your top three or four accomplishments, skills or competencies listed as bullet points
  • include “Interests” or “Hobbies” and highlight desirable traits or attitudes you will bring to the job
  • include all of your technical knowledge in the computer section
  • include foreign languages that you speak and/or read
  • list all systems that you have worked with
  • confirm the contact information for your references