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How to Write a Professional Resume

Your resume is a silent salesperson. Is yours up to par? Here’s how to make sure it stands out from the crowd:


  • Your resume should be clear, concise and easy to read. Do not overcrowd your resume with text
  • Use a chronological format
  • Ensure the main sections are clearly titled (education, experience, etc.)
  • Leave sufficient spacing between sections
  • Ensure the font is professional (Times New Roman, Arial, etc.) and is used consistently
  • Be sure the formatting is consistent – margins, indenting, spacing, capitalization, etc.
  • Use bullet points for listing responsibilities, placing the most important points at the top
  • Save your resume in a user-friendly format such as .doc (Word) or PDF


  • Always include a brief description of the company, along with your responsibilities and any particular programs/software used during your tenure
  • Use keywords from the job posting where applicable
  • Quantify your experience whenever possible (percentages and dollar values)
  • Use “action words” such as implemented, developed, and prepared
  • Explain any gaps in employment
  • Ensure that your contact email is professional
  • Do not include personal data such as age or marital status
  • Leave out your career objectives and personal skills (E.g. team player) as these can be limiting
  • Do not state “references available upon request” – this is understood
  • Ensure your resume is free of grammatical and spelling errors, and use a consistent tense

Head over to Lannick’s Candidate Resource Centre to download a free resume template.

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