Resume advice

Your resume gives us a big picture of who you are and it’s our first contact with your abilities, experience and interests.

To help your resume stand out, we’ve created a list of tips and guidelines to assist you in opening the door to more career opportunities.

In today’s ultra-competitive job market, the importance of putting your best foot forward – via a stellar resume – is more important than ever. As a global leader, UnitedHealth Group receives a multitude of resumes for our open positions. Your challenge is to create a resume that not only well represents all of the education, experience and creative vision you can bring to our company, but which also stands apart from and above the competition. And we can help.


The following is a list of tips and guidelines to help you prepare a dynamic resume that can help get your foot in the door and propel you to a career with greater possibilities and rewards. Good luck. We look forward to hearing from you.

1. Determine your objective

Clearly understand what you want in your career and take the time to form a clear and obtainable objective. Also understand what skills and experience are needed to do well in a particular position. You can structure the content of your resume around that objective.

2. Be clear and concise

You want us to be interested enough to contact you for an interview. Simply put yourself in the shoes of the resume reader. What would you be looking for in a candidate?

3. Use bulleted sentences

Resumes are read quickly so key phrases should stand out. Bulleting information will help us view your accomplishments at a glance. You can go into the details during the interview.

4. Use active language

Words like prepared, managed, developed, monitored and presented make your resume stand out and make us recognize you as an energetic and enthusiastic candidate who makes things happen.

5. Highlight your strengths

Put the strong and most relevant points first. This is your hook for the reader; the rest of your resume reels them in.

6. Match our need

Review job descriptions on our site and match prevalent words to the bullet points in your resume. Chances are you possess many of the attributes already, so add them to your resume.

7. Be positive and relevant

Negative comments don’t belong on your resume. Focus on the duties in your current job that support your objective. Leave out personal information like your race, weight and height.

8. Create a concise format

A resume should be limited to one page unless you have more than seven years of work experience. Make certain you’re using the space to your full advantage. The font size should be no smaller than 10 point, standard serif or sans serif, with plenty of space between lines and in the margins.

9. Get an outside opinion

Many online resume writing services will review and polish your resume, although you’re the only person who can truly personalize your resume to fit your objective. Before you send off your resume, have a friend or mentor read through your resume for final input with a fresh perspective.

10. Use the right keywords

Most companies (even small businesses) are already using digital databases to search for candidates. This means that the HR department will run search queries based on specific keywords, which are typically nouns. Be sure to check the job description and related job ads for keywords and terminology that are used and update your resume to match.