• Choose a visually pleasing, consistent format

  • Tailor your resume to fit your objective

  • Be concise and to the point

  • Use action verb statements instead of complete sentences and/or paragraphs

  • Emphasize your most relevant skills, employment history, and educational experiences

  • Use industry jargon and key words

  • Stress accomplishments, responsibilities, and any advancement in your previous role

  • Carefully name your resume file e.g. First Name Last Name—Job Title

  • Follow application instructions and select the appropriate file format (PDF, .doc, etc.) for your application


  • Forget to check for typos or spelling errors

  • Use personal pronouns, such as “I” or “My”

  • Exaggerate or lie about your qualifications

  • Include sensitive information, such as your Social Security Number, or a photo of yourself

  • Use abbreviations without first writing out the acronym; GPA and degrees are exceptions e.g. Career and Professional Education Center (CAPE)

  • Include the full street address and phone number of previous employers; city and state are sufficient

  • Use a template if it limits your ability to display your most relevant qualifications effectively

  • Use too many different font styles or bright, neon colors; keep it neat and easy to read

  • List names of references directly on your resume. This is done on a separate page and only at an employer's request.

Career & Professional Education

Buffalo State College  •  1300 Elmwood Avenue  •  Cleveland Hall 306
Buffalo, New York 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-5811  •  Fax: (716) 878-3152