Basic Resume Writing Tips

Resume writing tips | Hudson
  • Start with a blank document and not a generated template.
  • Use standard 8.5” by 11” white, professional paper.
  • Keep a one-inch margin of all four sides of the page.
  • Use a legible font that is not difficult to read. Good choices are Times New Roman, Ariel or Helvetica.
  • Keep sentences short and to the point.
  • Bold or capitalize important headlines to stand out.
  • Single space within sections.
  • Double space between sections.
  • Whenever possible, demonstrate the outcomes you have achieved by quantifying results.
  • Edit and eliminate redundancies.
  • Proofread for spelling and factual errors.
  • Place most important information first and group related experiences together.
  • Keep format consistent (e.g font size/type, order of information, layout, etc.).
  • Tailor your resume to each position.
  • Use power words, especially verbs, to strengthen statements.
  • Emphasize transferable skills.
  • If you include non-work experience, explain why what you did offers skills that are relevant to the position you are seeking.