Resume Minimum Requirements

Resume Checklist

The following minimum requirements must be met for a resume to be approved

LAYOUT AND FORMAT

  • Name font size is minimum 18 and maximum 24
  • Body text font size is minimum 10 and maximum 12
  • Margins are minimum .5 inch and maximum 1 inch
  • Font is easy to read
  • Headings, fonts, bullets, margins, and subheadings are consistent
  • Header with name and page number is on subsequent pages
  • Content fills at least half of last page
  • Free of spelling and grammatical errors
  • No use of personal pronouns or acronyms
  • Resume design is consistent with professional practice
  • White space is effectively used for visual appeal
  • Cover letter and resume layout and format are consistent
  • References listed on a separate document

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Contact information is located at top of first page
  • First and last name is included in heading
  • Full address is listed in heading
  • Preferred phone number is included in heading
  • Professional email is listed in heading

EDUCATION

  • Highest or most recent degree is first
  • Full name is listed for college or university
  • City and state is listed for college or university
  • Official name of degree is listed
  • Licensure, minor, or specialization is listed below degree
  • Graduation date includes month and year

EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE

  • Experience is listed in reverse chronological order
  • Full name is listed for each company
  • City and state is listed for each company
  • Full position title is listed for each position
  • Starting and ending dates for each position are listed, including month and year
  • Current position(s) have an ending date as “Present”
  • Action verbs are used at the beginning of each bullet
  • Bullet points describe key accomplishments, emphasize transferable skills, and quantify results
  • Verb tenses are consistent with time frame of employment