Tips for Resume Writing

*This guide is intended to provide suggestions and tips for submitting resumes. It is not intended as a requirement for submitting resumes for open positions with Idaho National Laboratory.

  • Understand the position description (PD) and use key words in your resume.
  • Each resume you submit should be tailored to the position description.
  • Use precision and be concise
  • Be sure to carefully proofread your resume

There are many ways to write a resume
  • Typically, a resume is no shorter than one full page but no longer than two full pages (corporate executives, Ph.D. & post doctorates are exceptions).
  • 10-12 point, readable font.
  • Use bullet points, not paragraphs.
  • Place your most impressive, pertinent information at the top. (Example: If you have more related work experience than education, put work experience on the top).
  • Do not include a photo: It is illegal in the United States for an employer to consider certain factors in hiring decisions, such as age, race, gender, national origin or disabilities; a photo may provide insight to this information and leave the employer vulnerable to a discrimination claim.

What should be included in your resume? Contact Information
  • Make sure information is accurate and current.
  • Name, Address, Telephone Number, E-mail Address (you can include websites if applicable).
Summary of Qualifications
  • Include: three to five concise sentences.
  • Each qualification should be a short summary of your most pertinent experience and qualifications customized for the position.
Education Section
  • Include: Schools you have attended, city, state and date of graduation (date is optional, and if included, should be actual or anticipated), degree(s) earned, and grade-point average (GPA) if over 3.0.
  • General Rule: Use the last 10 years of experience or only directly relevant experience if older than 10 years.
  • Use action verbs to start each bullet point: managed, processed, recovered, delegated, etc.
  • Include: company or organization, position title you held, location, dates of employment, and responsibilities in three to five bullet points.
  • Quantify your accomplishments.
Optional Sections
  • Include: Organizational involvement, certificates, trainings, continuing education programs, volunteer/community work, academic honors – dean’s list, scholarships, and professional skills.
  • Save your resume as a PDF before submitting. This will ensure the format stays the same once it’s uploaded. If you need help, see LINK
  • Click on “Apply Now” and click the bullet for “upload new resume” and continue
  • Click on “browse.”
  • Find your resume in PDF form and click “upload” and continue