Resume & Cover Letter "Do's and Don'ts"

DO Keep Information Brief and Relevant

Include only relevant information, list in order of relevance to the employer, group similar items together, use white space thoughtfully. example

DO Use a Consistent Style

Format repeated elements in a consistent style. example

DON'T Use "First Person" Form

Keep descriptions of work experience objective. No use of first person. example

DO Open Cover Letters with Your Unique Qualifications

Use opening paragraphs that are individualized to your particular strengths and employer’s particular practice. example

DON'T Mislead with "Name Dropping"

"Drop names" accurately example

DO Make Every Paragraph Count

Construct paragraphs that have a clear explicit claim supported with more than one concrete example (and also contain implied claims) clear example     support example

DO End Cover Letters Strategically

Construct paragraphs that have a clear explicit claim supported with more than one concrete example (and also contain implied claims) example

Last updated 8/27/2012