There isn’t technically a right or wrong way to format a resume but we’re human after all. Here are some things to consider.

  • Keep it to 1–2 pages (and not too short). It should be easy to read.
  • Focus on impact in your past experience
  • Highlight the things that help you stand out whether that be your education, your projects, your past experience or any contributions to the community you’re a part of.
  • Keep it up to date anywhere you have it posted online
  • Don’t use buzzwords for the sake of using buzzwords. Yes, recruiters search by words but don't overdo. If it makes sense to use the word, use it.
  • Look at other people’s resume who have the job you want. If you can’t find it online, look at their Linkedin. Can you learn anything from it? Are there specific commonalities? If there is, you should consider it. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying copy someone else’s experience. This might give you a few ideas on what to focus on.
  • Be truthful. Don’t just put something on your resume that isn’t accurate because we’ll likely ask you about it or it might come up in a conversation. If you can’t back it up, leave it off.