DOS and Don’ts In Writting Resumes

Writing a great resume does not necessarily mean you should follow some specific rules. Every resume is one-of-a-kind marketing communication. Below are some Dos and Don’ts in writing good resumes.


  • Do Highlight Your Most Pertinent Experiences
  • Do Optimize for Applicant Tracking Systems
  • Do Use Data To Quantify Your Achievements
  • Do Include Your Soft Skills
  • Do Use Digits
  • Do Consider Volunteer or Other Non-Work Experience
  • Do Include Personal Achievements
  • Do Show How You Moved Up In Your Past Companies
  • Do Consider a Summary Statement
  • Do Swap Resumes With Colleagues
  • Do Tell the Truth
  • Do Use Real English
  • Do Use Powerful Verbs
  • Do Include Your Contact Info
  • Do Keep it to One Page
  • Do Consider a Creative Resume
  • Do Start From a Template
  • Do Make Sure Your Job Titles or Companies Stand Out


  • Don’t Go Overboard With Text Effects
  • Don’t Use More Than Two Lines Per Bullet
  • Don’t Include Work With Controversial Companies
  • Don’t Include Unrelated Hobbies
  • Don’t Oversell Your High School Babysitting Experience
  • Don’t Include Obvious Skills
  • Don’t Send it as a Word Document
  • Don’t Include Confidential Stuffs
  • Don’t Try to Hide Gaps
  • Don’t Forget to Spell-Check
  • Don’t Freak Out if You Do Not Have Pertinent Experience
  • Don’t Steal the Job Description’s Exact Wording
  • Don’t Use an Objective Statement
  • Don’t Include “References Upon Request”
  • Don’t Use Too Much of Jargon
  • Don’t Use More Than 2 Fonts
  • Don’t Use Negative Phrases
  • Don’t Spend All Your Time on the Design