DO use spell check every time you update your resume. One simple typo can ruin your chances of getting hired.
Do modify your resume to reflect job description.
DO substitute passive words with action words.
DO use a dictionary to look up words if you are unsure of their meaning.
DO spell out words instead of using abbreviations.
DO be consistent:
- If you capitalize one section heading, capitalize them all.
- If you use bold font for one job title, use bold for all job titles.
- If you double space between the first two jobs, double space between the second and third, and so forth.
- Continue the same pattern throughout.
DO tailor your resume to the specific position you are applying for. For example: If you are applying for a management position, make sure the content of your resume is related to management.
If your resume focuses on customer service, but you are applying for a management job, you will not be considered for the position.
DO focus on accomplishments and successes, not just duties and responsibilities of your current and past employment.
DO be honest.
DO update your resume on a regular basis.
Do use positive thesaurus – http://www.positivethesaurus.com/p/positive-adjectives.html
Do ask someone to proofread your resume and cover letter
Use personal pronouns (I, me, my)
Include personal information (race, age, marital status, or hobbies).
Exaggerate. This can be perceived as lying.
Include salary information.