Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts for Creating a Resume

Are you just entering the workforce? Are you looking to make a change in your career? Are you searching for the career opportunity that is right for you?

When seeking out your first career or your fifth, it is important to explore multiple factors. You have to determine the occupation that best aligns with your skills and abilities, desirable characteristics of the workplace, growth opportunities, and if the company’s mission aligns with your own. Ultimately, we all want to work for a “happy company.”

As defined in the book “What Happy Companies Know”, a happy company understands how to effectively balance all the demands on its resources and people while continually developing new products and services. A happy company is honest at all levels, and it has a culture in which personal respect, appreciation, and trust become a major reason for its business success. At Chief, trust is everything. Our team has made it our mission to provide unparalleled personal attention to our internal and external stakeholders; building personal respect and appreciation between all parties.

Chief recognizes the weight that comes along with choosing a career, as nearly all of us will spend approximately one-third of our adult lives working. It is important to each of us to be able to collaborate with like-minded people who believe in the same mission. Chief focuses on our human capital first. We value a family-like culture and select employees who support a caring focus and a commitment to doing their job better than good.

Chief is always looking for great talent to join our team. If you are looking for a “happy company” to join, get to know us and then send us your resume! To make resume writing a bit less stressful, here are 10 helpful do’s and don’ts to get started.


  1. Make it simple and easy to read.
  2. Put the most important information first and include only the most relevant information.
  3. Show how you moved up (or around) at past companies.
  4. Use active language such as achieved, completed, and accomplished.
  5. Call attention to important achievements.
  6. Tailor your resume based on the specific job.
  7. Use numbers and data to quantify accomplishments.
  8. Use a professional font.
  9. Include your contact information.
  10. Proofread and edit.


  1. Don’t include your hobbies.
  2. Leave off details about why you’re job searching.
  3. Never include your salary information.
  4. Don’t include a list of unprovable soft skills. Simply listing these skills doesn’t prove that you have them. Instead, mention specific achievements and things that you’ve done that would prove you have these skills.
  5. Refrain from including basic technology proficiency. If you have an unusually high proficiency with the program and it’s relevant to the position, it’s worth including (e.g. a data manager applicant with advanced knowledge of Excel/Access). But in most cases, though, it reads as fluff.
  6. Avoid using weak verbs on your resume. The purpose of your resume is to sell your career, not tell it.
  7. If you have been out of college for several years, do not include your GPA on your resume. But don’t be afraid to showcase honors received.
  8. There is no benefit to stating references are available upon request, as this should go without saying.
  9. Avoid using paragraphs. Your resume should be easy to read and catch the recruiter’s interest Use bullets, short paragraphs containing two to three sentences at the most, and numbers/data to catch attention quickly.
  10. Do not include a picture with your resume.

Consider a career with Chief. Check out our current open positions and submit your resume today!

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