Resume Tip #23: Pay careful attention to abbreviations

Whether you’re in medical school or you’re studying computer science, following good writing guidelines is a necessity to get your message through. Over-abbreviating and incorrectly abbreviating words in resumes is a common mistake.

Resume Tip #23: Pay careful attention to abbreviations.

What you need to do:

  1. Carefully consider which terms are worth abbreviating;
  2. Don’t over-abbreviate words;
  3. Correctly abbreviate words like Bachelor of Science to B.Sc. and Master of Science to M.Sc. etc.

Take a step back and read your resume as if you’re someone else. Ask your parents (or people that are likely to be working in a different field than you are) to look over your resume. If they don’t understand something it’s not their fault: it’s your fault! However, if you know in advance that the one who will read your resume is a trained professional in your field, leaving commonly used words unabbreviated may be redundant.

Paul, co-founder of StartupSort

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