Missouri State University

Resume and Interview Tips

  RESUME TIPS

General Views on Resumes

Employers are increasingly requiring resumes to be submitted for part-time employment and stress the importance of content.  The need for a clear,  to the point resume is vital.  The resume should be used to get the interview and therefore, needs to be  tailored to each position.  Employers are looking for people who give a little extra effort.  Resumes should be to the point, well-structured and easy to read in 30 seconds or less.


Certain Components Which Should Be Part of Any Resume Style 

  • Name, address, postal code, local phone number (cell numbers which are long distance will probably not be used by local employers), and email (only if checked regularly)
  • Personal profile (optional)
  • Education
  • Skills and abilities
  • Work experience, practicum/co-op work experience, internships
  • Volunteer experience/extra-curricular
  • Mention of references

General Resume Tips

  • Keep your resume to 1-2 pages
  • Use 8.5 x 11 white or neutral toned quality paper
  • Use a good quality printer
  • Must be well organized and laid out in a logical manner
  • PROOFREAD – resume should have absolutely NO grammar or spelling errors.  Computer spell checkers do not catch all errors.
  • Have equal margins on all sides
  • Remember the layout of the resume can be different than the "norm"
  • Be consistent in resume set up (verb tenses, spacing, dates, bolding, underlining, italicizing)
  • Keep font size between 10-12 ( your name can be a larger size)
  • Eliminate personal pronouns such as "I"
  • Use point form and keep sentences short and to the point
  • Use action verbs to describe duties
  • Your resume should focus on your skills and abilities
  • Your name and page number should be on consecutive pages
  • Should reflect transferable skills
  • If sending a resume by fax, follow it up with an original by mail
  • If sending a resume by email, remember the email message is