So you've read all the info on how to do a resume here...
Now use this handy checklist to make sure your resume is in the best shape it can be before you send it out!
RESUME FORMAT CHECKLIST - TOP TO BOTTOM
- Name & Contact Info. Always at the very top, always include accurate email & cell phone.
- Professional Experience. You may list it all in one section or break it up into "Political Experience” and "Other Work Experience.” Or you may have one section for "Work Experience” and one for "Political Volunteer Work.” It just depends on where you are in your career and what you’re looking to do.
- Education. If you’ve been out of school for more than a few months, then this should come after your experience. If you’re in school and looking for an internship, then you may list it at the top. Only list name of institution, city and state, degree, major, minor if applicable & graduation year. Do not list GPA or course work.
- Skills! Not Microsoft Word (it’s not a skill anymore). Did you list skills like LexisNexis, NGP, Salsa Labs, Salesforce, VAN etc. Languages? Never list "research skills” or "organizational skills” – we only want to see concrete, tangible skills.
- Activities/Trainings/Awards. Depending on the person, you may have a section for these. This is not the time to list the Lacrosse Championship Award from college. This is where you list political trainings, current volunteer positions if they relate, elected office positions, political awards or certificates, etc.
RESUME GENERAL CHECKLIST
- Length. Less than 10 years of experience? 1 page. More than 10 years? 2 pages. Never more than 2 pages.
- Fonts. Match the font style to your cover letter and use size 11 or 12. Times New Roman, Garamond, Arial.
- Headings & Subheadings. Arrange these consistently throughout the resume in every section. Always include name of organization/candidate/firm, title, location, and dates (month and year).
- Use Bold, CAPS, etc. Be consistent, but using bold and CAPS can help make important titles and such stick out.
- Use Bullet Points. Every sentence you start should have a bullet point next to it.
- Use Action Verbs. Every bullet point should start with an action verb. Good action verbs: Managed, Organized, Wrote, Edited, Created, Planned, Coordinated, Spoke, Raised, Directed, Supervised, Led, Canvassed, Researched, Produced, Increased, Implemented, Oversaw. Avoid saying "Duties included” or "Responsible for.”
- Quantify it! Do you have numbers & percentages to highlight your accomplishments? For example, "Directed GOTV effort and increased turnout by 15% over previous election year.”
- Be Honest & Accurate. Never lie or embellish. Not sure what job title to list? Check with your supervisor.
- Tense. Use the present tense for your current job and the past tense for past positions. Don’t use personal pronouns.
- Proofread!!! Spelling, punctuation, font size, font type, margins, spacing… Did you proofread? Do it again.