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Resume- At A Glance

Posted October 3, 2013 & filed under Interviewing

Resume- At A Glance

Employers typically look at a resume for no more than 10-20 seconds. They give the resume a quick scan and spot all the information they are looking for. The applicant should present the resume with this knowledge. Making a resume stand out and still following the “unofficial guidelines” to making it “glance-worthy” is extremely crucial. The following is what should be included on the resume and tips for making the resume get past the “glance test”.


  • Name
    -Bolding the name will make it stand out
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Email

Objective and Summary

  • Avoid using a long and wordy objective statement
  • Accomplishments should be brief and include major statistics of what you’ve done previously. Time or cost saving stats are a great example.


  • Degree
    -The degree is the most important part of the education section. It should be at the top and bolded.
  • College name
  • City and State
  • GPA- This is a great bonus to add to a resume
  • Any schools which a degree hasn’t been received probably shouldn’t be included


  • It helps to list these separate from education

Computer Skills

  • Proficient in
  • Knowledge of
  • Familiar with
  • Any computer skills achieved that fall into these categories are important to list


  • Job title
  • Dates worked
  • Company
  • City and State
  • Details/Duties- avoid paragraphs, list in bullets, and keep short and to the point
  • Make sure to list any uniqueness and facts that stand out

Clubs and Organizations

  • These could be a major factor when it comes down to it. Employers are often interested (especially when they are having a hard time deciding between two candidates) in what the applicant’s free time is like. It gives a sense of their personality.

Other Tips to Know

  • Keep it between 1-2 pages… if possible
  • Keep underlining and italicizing to a minimum
  • The font should be between 10-12 point font
  • Stick with basic fonts: Arial, Times New Roman, Verdana
  • Check for spelling and grammar

By: Kaitlin Daniel