Resume do's and don't's

Resume dos and don'ts

It can be daunting applying for jobs when companies receive between 75 and 250 resumes per open position.

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On top of that, hiring managers spend just 10 seconds or less looking at a resume before deciding to move on.

So, what can you do to make your resume stand out?

Here are some helpful resume dos and don'ts:


  • Use a header. Keep in mind the specific position being advertised, and include a title at the top defining what the advertised job is. For example: Administrative Support Supervisor
  • Focus on skills, achievements and results. When listing your accomplishments and achievements, be sure to focus on those that most pertain to the job for which you are applying
  • Keep it simple. Make sure your resume has plenty of white space and use a simple font. While you want your resume to stand out, making it colourful or outrageous will more likely have you pegged as unprofessional rather than creative
  • Include your contact info. It may seem like a no-brainer but many forget to include contact information on their resumes. Phone number, professional email address and current city of residence are a must.


  • Don’t lie. It can be tempting to embellish facts such as old job titles to appear more important, or increase the length of held positions to disguise unemployment. Avoid this. The risks far outweigh the potential benefits. An applicant at Workopolis recently got caught in a lie mid-interview. It’s embarrassing for everyone involved, but mostly for you
  • Proofread your resume for any typos or grammatical mistakes before sending. Although time consuming, this can save yourself embarrassment in the future; try telling a future employer that you have keen attention to detail when they’re looking at a typo or another mistake on your resume! Although it might be a simple mistake, it will fire a red flag in an employer’s mind that you did not care enough to double-check their work when it really mattered
  • Do not use a funny or controversial email address. It’s time to change that embarrassing email address from when you were younger. While such e-mail addresses are fine for personal use, a more professional sounding address is best if when applying for jobs
  • Don’t make your resume too long. Your resume should only include career or personal highlights to date. All points can be expanded upon come the interview.

By following these tips your resume will be sure to stand out from the crowd! For more resume tips, read How to make your resume pop.

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