Resume Checklist

Use this checklist to ensure that your resume is complete:

  • One page only, unless you have significant previous experience
  • Use an award-winning format such as the Quickstart Resume Templates
  • Times Roman or other Serif font, 10 point to 12 point size (12 point is best)
  • No more than two fonts nor two sizes
  • Margins no less than .8" and no more than 1.5"
  • Quality bond paper used when printing, 8.5" x 11"
  • Contact information clearly stated; campus and permanent addresses both listed if appropriate
  • Clear, focused objective
  • Summary of your top three or four accomplishments, skills or competencies listed as bullet points
  • Degree listed first, college/university second
  • GPA listed if over 3.0
  • Major GPA listed if over 3.0 and your overall GPA is under 3.0
  • Planned graduation date listed, if you have not yet graduated
  • Experience section listing notable accomplishments with focus on internships/work first, academics second
  • Job title first, employer name second
  • Descriptive (not actual) job titles: "College Intern" is not descriptive, use "Software Development Intern"
  • Keyword searchable industry buzzwords included
  • If needing to fill the page, include an Activities section listing your most notable extracurricular activities
  • No personal data or potentially discriminatory data
  • Spell-check and grammar-check your resume—twice; then have at least two other people do it for you again
  • Save in Word format as your baseline document, then PDF for distribution and text (.txt) for resume database uploads

For an example of a polished entry level resume, take a look at our sample resume.


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