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11/19 Fall Virtual Career Fair 01:00 PM-03:00 PM

Resume Writing

Knowing what to include on a resume is as important as what to say and how it is presented. Get tips, hints and help on writing your resume then have it reviewed by an HR professional to polish it off. Getting your foot in the door...

Your resume is an important tool that can make or break your job search. It is a personal advertisement of the skills and abilities you can offer a potential employer. If your resume is not well written, it will not get you to the next stage... the interview.

What Are Common Elements In The Resume?

Identifying Heading - Include your name, address, phone number and e-mail. You can indicate a present and/or permanent (or forwarding address) with phone number when appropriate.

Objective - Indicate the type of position you are seeking (i.e. internship, full-time). Be as specific as possible without excluding primary areas of interest. Keep your objective to the point.

Education - Begin with your most recent education. Include degree, name of college or university, date degree will be conferred, major, minor, and if appropriate, GPA.

Related Coursework (Optional) - List related undergraduate/graduate courses, research papers, seminars, or independent projects that are relevant to the job you are seeking.

Experience - Describe jobs, internships, student teaching, assistantships, volunteer work, and research projects, listing your most recent experience first. For each experience include job title, name of organization, location (city & state) and dates. Emphasize experience most closely related to the kind of work you seek. Include skills used, scope of responsibilities and/or your accomplishments. Do not use the personal pronoun 'I'; use short phrases that begin with action verbs. Present yourself in a dynamic way. Avoid phrases using 'duties included' or 'responsible for'.

Special Categories (Optional) - Include additional categories if there are areas you wish to note that do not fit into the above categories. Possible themes are Honors/Awards, Language Skills, Computer Skills, Committees, Extra-Curricular Activities, Personal Strengths, Skills, Professional Memberships, Publications, or Military. Feedback from employers indicates that they are seeking employees who are 'well rounded'.

References - Do not list the names of references on your resume. Instead create a separate references sheet or supply written letters of reference when requested. The statement 'References available upon request' is a sufficient statement to place on your resume.

How Long Should My Resume Be? Most experts agree your resume should be one to two pages in length. Edit your resume until it is a manageable, concise presentation. This does not mean that you should crowd your resume onto one page because this is the preference. It is better to have a well-formatted resume that can be easily reviewed by employers. Edit critically, and keep your resume short and easy to scan.

What An Employer Is Looking For On Your Resume

An employer will scan a resume to determine how your skills, education and experience relate to the position for which they are hiring. Therefore, make it clear to the employer how you fit in these categories. Employers will look for:

  • Your relevant education, experience and skills
  • Is your resume visually appealing and easy-to-read (concise)?
  • What are your career aspirations and goals?
  • Do you demonstrate consistency and attention to detail? (NO spelling or grammatical errors!!)

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