Can you impress in 30 seconds?
A hiring manager needs to discern quickly that:
• You meet >75% of the job description.
• You have relevant experience, paid or not.
• You don’t have any unaccounted-for
employment gaps or a pattern of job-hopping.
• You have some quantifiable accomplishments.
• You have stayed up-to-date with the industry.
Your resume speaks volumes about
your ability as a technical writer
• Readable/scannable format
• No spelling/grammar errors
• You can cater your information to a specific
• Most important information is in 1st half
• Bullets line up
• Use 1-2 fonts
• Don’t color hyperlinks
• Headings 1 & 2 are clear and consistent
• Use STYLES!
• Some hiring managers want to see how
you formatted your resume and will
ask for an editable version.
• Dates are formatted the same:
• Jan. 2008 – Feb. 2009
• January 2008 – February 2009
• Dates aligned the same (right- or left-aligned)
• En dash used — no mix of hyphen and en- or em-
• - Hyphen
• – En Dash
• — Em dash
• Use periods with bullets or don’t, but be
• Don’t use large words just because you can.
• Write like a human, in your voice.
• Don’t expand on details unless it strengthens
• Don’t use prepositions (“I” is understood)
• Double-check dates, company names, and titles.
• Run spell check (please!)
• Proofread backwards
• It’s a 1- to 2-page document. There should be no
You need to get through the “Black Hole” (ATS) –
write for machines but design for humans:
• Use audience analysis skills to tailor your
resume & CL
• Put most important information first
• Match skills/requirements order from job ad
• Identify keywords & add organically
• Use the same language
• Use Jobscan to identify areas of improvement
• One page or two?
• Full address?
• Objective vs. profile/summary?
• Cover letter?
• Word or PDF?
• New resume for every job?
• Should your LinkedIn profile match your resume
No more than two. One for students/grads.
City & State
Profile (or Summary)
Only if it’s good AND recent
Make your own