Resume best practices
What the experts recommend
There are a lot of opinions out there about what makes a strong resume. We've worked with HR professionals and recruiters from a wide variety of industries to find what matters most.
- Include no less than 3 and no more than 10 accomplishment statements for at least the top 3 jobs on your resume.
- Additional jobs can be listed with fewer than 3 accomplishments, or none at all if they are far enough in the past.
- Use active voice and personal pronouns to show what you did in each position.
- Whenever possible, give hard numbers detailing how you made a quantifiable difference at a job.
- Don't be afraid to brag! How were you great at your last few jobs?
- Try to fit everything onto a single page if sharing your resume or cover letter as a PDF.
- You can adjust font sizes and margins to squeeze a bit more in.
- Remember, if you share your document online you don't need to worry about fitting on one page!
- In general, avoid objective statements in favor of more accomplishments in your work, education, and achievement sections.