How to get a job

Building Your Qualifications

Revise your resume

Before you start job hunting, make sure that your resume is as complete and up-to-date as possible.

Your resume is an important distillation of who you are, where you come from, and what you can offer.

Here are a few tips to consider:

  • Never make up information on a resume; it can come back to haunt you later.
  • Look at a variety of recent, relevant job descriptions. Use similar language to describe your skills and accomplishments on your own resume.
  • Use active verbs. When describing what you did at your last job, make the sentence as tight and active as possible.
  • Proofread. Review your resume several times for grammatical or spelling errors. Even something as simple as a typo could negatively impact your ability to land an interview, so pay close attention to what you've left on the page. Have one or two other people look at it as well.
  • Keep the formatting classic and to the point. How your resume looks is almost as important as how it reads. Use a simple font (such as Times New Roman, Arial or Bevan), black ink on white or ivory colored paper, and wide margins (about 1" on each side). Avoid bold or italic lettering. Ensure your name and contact information are clearly and prominently displayed.