Northern Virginia yoga instructor Claudia Marinela Lupu wants to get her resume in shape.

"It is clear that Claudia's experience and training qualify her for yoga instructor positions, but if she is to compete effectively, her credentials must be reorganized and reformatted," according to Robbie Miller Kaplan, author of "How to Say It in Your Job Search."

"A qualifications summary rather than an objective should quickly summarize Claudia's credentials and expertise." Specifically, she said via e-mail, "Begin with 'Experienced yoga instructor with solid background in . . . ' and then identify the types of courses she's taught, the targeted student population (all ages levels, teens, adults, etc.) or the diversity of types of clubs and schools. Claudia should follow with either her work history or education and/or specialized training, whichever . . . is most important."

Consistency is important, she said. For each education entry, for instance, "indicate the educational institute or school's name, city and country. Follow with the program title, degree or certificate earned, and dates." Work experience should also be organized consistently -- title, organization, location and dates. Each listing should include class names, such as "beginning yoga," the length of the class and other description that emphasizes Lupu's expertise.

Kaplan also offered some general tips: "Use a one-inch margin all around. Center name, address, phone numbers and major headings in one font and use a different font for all other text. Try bullets for experience narratives. References go on a separate sheet. . . . Avoid abbreviations in all areas."

-- Maryann Haggerty