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Résumé Do's & Don'ts

The Basics 

What is a résumé?

A carefully written concise summary of relevant information about your education, experience, skills, qualifications and knowledge as it relates to the position for which you are applying.

What is the reason for having a résumé?

It's a marketing tool whose primary purpose is to get you an interview! It summarizes your related background and helps to structure the interview. In addition, it provides a sample of your organizational and communication skills.

What components are essential?

Are there optional elements?

If they apply: 

How is the identifying information written? 

How is the objective statement written?

Ideally, it has 3 parts:

Example: To obtain a position as a Case Manager working with a minority population requiring experience in counseling, assessment, detailed documentation and outstanding interpersonal skills

How is the education section written? 

How is the employment experience section written?

Formatting Tips

Do: 

Avoid: 

Dilemmas:

References: 

Resumes for Federal Government Positions: