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Like most college students, your college resume could probably use a facelift -- especially in a competitive job market in a tight economy.
Regardless of your preferred resume format, layout or style, use these 50 tips as a checklist to help proof read your resume.
(If you currently do not have a resume, get started with these two college sample resumes.)

1. Get help proofreading resumes for grammar, spelling and factual errors
2. Use consistent font size. Watch bullet sizes
3. Limit or avoid graphics completely when writing a resume
4. Use upper case letters sparingly and only when appropriate
5. Fancy, expensive resume writing paper is not a priority – content is!
6. Using bullets will make resumes easier to read
7. Do not use “responsibilities”, “responsibilities include” and “duties include”
8. Volunteer work and community service enhances a resume
9. Adjust margins if the resume is slightly too long
10. Avoid personal pronouns like “I”, “my” and “me” except in the resume objective
11. Do not list complete addresses of past employers
12. Do not include names of references on resume unless requested
13. The top 30-40% of the resume gets the most attention
14. Use an ASCII font
15. Use page numbers if the resume is more than one page; rare for college students
16. Add name and contact to all pages if more than one page
17. Try a resume blaster service
18. Printing out an online profile is not the same as having a resume
19. Use tables to align columns and remove lines
20. Use a professional email address on your resume
21. Hyperlink your email address
22. Do not put information above your name
23. Set resume margins no smaller than .5
24. New college graduates should put education close to top of resume
25. With years of experience, move education to the bottom of the resume
26. Make it easy to read. You have about 30 seconds to make an impression
27. Change the resume objective statement as needed
28. Write a strong "Summary of Qualifications"
29. Use industry “buzz words” or keywords on a resume
30. Resumes must identify specific successful outcomes
31. Use $, % and # to demonstrate achievements
32. One specific phrase to try and avoid – Entry Level
33. Do not use one word resume objectives eg "Sales"
34. Research advantages of the Chronological Resume vs Functional resume
35. Be consistent with date formats on the resume eg 09/02, Sep 02, Sep 2002
36. Consider the Combination resume
37. Get others to proof read your resume – be open to criticism
38. It is not necessary to include every job you have ever had
39. Keep all resume content relevant
40. Not all online resume writing services are equally capable
41. Always keep a resume writing guide on your desk for quick reference
42. Resumes, cover letters and thank-you letters can have the same letter head format
43. Try to bring quality resume paper for interviews
44. Lying on a resume is not smart or necessary
45. Do not include social security numbers if not required
46. Use Action Verbs on the resume to describe accomplishments
47. Use short paragraphs. 3-5 sentences maximum
48. White space on a resume is not a bad thing
49. Double check the resume contact information for accuracy
50. Visit your college career center for a free resume critique

Courtesy of Career Coach Marcie who has trained or coached students and new grads for 10 years on workplace, career, internship and employment success. Subscribe to her BullsEye Career Blog
Posted By: Marcia Robinson
Wednesday, January 28th 2009 at 1:40PM
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