The Do’s and Don’ts Of Making A Strong Résumé

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So how can you make your résumé impressive? Of course, you need to have some strong work experience, but you also need to make the actual document itself stand out. How can you get started? Follow these handy Do’s and Don’ts and you’ll be well on your way.


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  1. Sam
    January 29, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    I'm afraid not, Dave. That 's' isn't there because something belongs to 'do'; nor is the apostrophe standing in for omitted letters in an abbreviation. The 's' is there because you're talking about a plural, and an apostrophe is never appropriate in that situation. To illustrate, we often see "CD's" or "menu's" and that's usually incorrect, but it's contextual. Correct:

    - "the CD's title track" (possession)
    - "the CD's a waste of money" (abbreviation for 'is')
    - "the menu's starters" (possession)
    - "the menu's interesting" (abbreviation for 'is')


    - "up to 15% off on our range of CD's" (plural)
    - "check out our new menu's" (plural)
    - "new's agent" (just makes me want to cry)

    It would have saved me two minutes if you had just researched correct use of apostrophes though. You're welcome. :-P

  2. Sam
    January 29, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Also, you need to try and use the 'ROFL' tag more appropriately. Jackson did the same when he was the infographics guy. There's really nothing 'ROFL' about this infographic, except maybe the mistakes.

  3. Sam
    January 29, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    A 'grammatical' like "Do’s and Don’ts"? Please learn how to use apostrophes correctly. I was taught this as a child (and I'm the same age as you).

    In Dave's defence though, MUO staff don't actually create these infographics - they just find them and post them here with an introductory paragraph. So it's only that paragraph we can really moan about :-)

    • Dave LeClair
      January 29, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      Actually, both ways of writing it are correct, but the generally accepted way for online writing is "do's and don'ts." It's what the AP Stylebook recommends.

  4. Dr Evan Mitchell Stark
    January 26, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    I thought the article provided decent, basic data.Not to be immodest, but over the years I've literally reviewed thousands resumes in HR, admissions committees in academe—you name it. So again, not to be immodest, but I have some expertise in this matter.

    The most eye-catching and impressive CVs opened with a bulleted summary (with more than 3 bullets) that presented quantitative accomplishments. For example, "As an operations research analyst, I saved my department 10% of our budget as a result of strategies I developed." And if you can be terse, say what the strategy was. THOSE resumes get attention and get read.

  5. sanjay
    January 25, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    So, "do not have a single typo or grammatical (what?)" guess not proofing your own work before posting it in a "helpful" "article" that has a missing word is really helpful and a good way to illustrate your point? At least you didn't write "keep it under one page" which is probably the most ludicrous advice I've heard over the years. When are we going to stop telling candidates that we should write for the recruiter rather than the job?