Creating a resume is the first step in conducting a successful job or internship search. The primary purpose of a resume is to market your skills, education, and accomplishments in such a way that you are invited for an interview. A quality resume is visually pleasing and makes it easy for the reader to identify you as a qualified candidate.
- Analyze your skill set
To craft an effective resume you want to understand what you have to offer. Brainstorm activities you have been involved in, leadership roles, job duties, community involvement, and accomplishments you have achieved.
- Review the job description
The job description contains the skills and qualifications employers are seeking for the position. Look at your skill set and choose the most relevant to highlight in your resume
- Create strong skill and accomplishment statements
A skill statement (the bulleted statements on your resume) describes the skill you gained and duties you performed during a certain experience. Effective skill statements include what you did, the impact of the action, and the result. Creating four to eight skill statements is a general guideline for the number of skill statements per experience.
- Use consistent formatting throughout your document
Make a strong first impression with by using a consistent format throughout your resume. The format helps organize the document and leads the reader’s eye to important information.
Resumes should be organized to clearly highlight your most relevant experiences and activities. Below breaks down the information to include in each section along with ideas for appropriate resume headings.
Contact information includes your full name, permanent and/or school address, telephone number, and email address. For your name we recommend you use boldface and larger type (14-18). Include your primary phone number and email address.
Section title(s): Summary of Qualifications, Highlights of Qualifications, Skills Summary, Career Profile, Areas of Expertise, Career Achievements
Section title(s): Education, Educational Highlights, Relevant Coursework, Continuing Education, International Study
In your experience section you want to write strong skill and/or accomplishment statements. Use our guide here.
Section title(s): Work Experience, Professional Experience, Employment History, Leadership Experience, Business Experience, Internship Experience, Student Teaching Experience
Section title(s): Professional Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Leadership Experience, Professional Organizations, Campus Involvement, Community Service
Section title(s): Honors, Awards
Reasons for leaving previous employers
Social Security Number
Health or physical problems
Race, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, etc.
Additional Resume Resources
Below is a list of skills employers seek that you may consider highlighting in your resume to make previous work experiences more relevant to employers. Courtesy of NACE: Job Outlook 2015
- Communication skills (written)
- Analytical/quantitative skills
- Strong work ethic
- Ability to work as a team
- Problem-solving skills
- Communication skills (verbal)
- Computer skills
- Technical skills
- Interpersonal skills (relates well with others)
- Organizational ability
- Strategic planning skills
- Friendly/outgoing personality
- Entrepreneurial skills/risk taker
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