Resume Writing Tips

Resumes are like a road sign, you only have seconds to attract attention before they move past it to the next one.

A resume is your primary marketing tool used to get an interview, not a job.

A resume provides information regarding your:





Work History






10 Most Common Resume Writing Mistakes

  1.  Too Long — Preferred length is on to two pages
  2.  Disorganized – Information is scattered throughout and not grouped into categories
  3.  Poor Presentation – poorly typed, hard to read
  4.  Over Written – too long/wordy, paragraph-style
  5.  Too Sparse – only bare essentials of the information such as dates and job titles
  6.  Spelling & Grammatical errors
  7.  Trying too Hard to Impress – Using fancy paper, fonts, photographs etc.
  8.  Not Results Oriented enough – lack of accomplishments or progress in position.
  9.  Too Many Irrelevancies – Age, height, weight, marital status, gender, sexual orientation and religion
  10.  Misdirected Resumes – they end up on the desks of people who are not involved in the selection process.

Make sure the resume is going to the proper individual or it will be filed in the trash.

What Your Resume Should Cover

Job Objective

Tells the employer what job you are seeking and where you might fit into the company. An objective can be replaced by a cover letter

Volunteer Experience

List any you may have because it shows you have an eagerness to work

Work History/Relevant Skills & Experience

Listing of previous job duties, special achievements and work-related contributions

Education & Training

Include any relevant education, training, and certificates you have completed. If you are currently enrolled in a training program, list it with the anticipated time of completion

Highlights of Qualifications

Short, attention-grabbing statements that describe a person’s skills and qualities that would be beneficial to a given company. (ie. Over 5 years of progressive experience as a physical education professional)

Interests/ Accomplishments

Include personal interests or activities that show you are well-rounded. Do not mention interests that reveal religious affiliation

Cover Letters — Keep it Simple!

What is a cover letter?

Cover Letters — Keep it Simple!

What's in a cover letter?

In a nutshell!


  • Teamwork
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Problem Solving
  • Something you are really proud of

Do not:

Always follow up with employers to thank them for taking the time to interview you. First impressions are everything! Whether in person, or on the phone, you have a limited amount of time to sell yourself to a potential employer…. and remember, you never get a second chance to make a first impression!

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