1. A resume is a marketing tool and should have only enough information to encourage an employer to find out more.

2. Experience, skills and accomplishments should be summarized in a bulleted list of three statements.

3. The skills section can be targeted to the positions and industries that you are applying to. Make sure these are at the beginning of a resume.

4. Include unusual achievements under Professional Experience. Relate accomplishments to the problem or opportunity faced, action you took and benefit to the company in numerical or
percentage terms.

5. Make sure that the resume is discrimination free (avoid any reference to age, race, marital status, religion, etc.)

6. Education should reflect recent and/or related training along with formal education and should be included at the end of resume unless experience is limited.

7. Type should be 10 to 14 point with no unusual typefaces, underlining or italics.

8. Ensure that abbreviations, jargon or buzzwords are not used unless widely known.

9. It's preferable to do a one-page chronological resume if you have a consistent work history. If you are a frequent job changer and have been out of the market a while, a two-page functional skills or combination of functional and chronological is more acceptable. The first page should focus on skills and the second on experience and education.

10. Send your resume to a key contact (someone you have already spoken to) who can forward it to a hiring manager. It is important to emphasize how you can meet an employer's need, not how the
company can meet yours.