A résumé is the first essential component to the job search process. It’s not only a snap shot of your academic and professional experiences, but it is also your ticket to an interview. Employers are now inundated with résumés from candidates. Learn how to make your résumé standout so it gets noticed.
- One page only, unless you are a mid-level professional with extensive experience.
- Keep to 2 fonts – Times New Roman or Arial font are best, 11 point to 12 point size (12 point recommended). Use the same font style for cover letter and résumé.
- Contact information – state clearly; if appropriate, list both campus and permanent addresses.
- Clear, focused objective – summary of your top 3 or 4 accomplishments or competencies (optional).
- Education – include degree and expected graduation date or actual graduation date (omit high school).
- GPA – list if over 3.0 for current students.
- List honors and awards .
- Relevant Coursework section – (includes classes taken that are relevant to the position for which you are applying).
- Experience section – include employer, date range, city and state; job title and short, concise statements describing your responsibilities (this section includes part-time, full-time, and volunteer work).
- Begin each statement with an action verb, industry buzzwords, and keywords.
- Internship experience section – include employer, date range, city and state; job title and short, concise statements describing your responsibilities.
- Activities section – list your most notable extracurricular activities.
- Skills section – include technology, language, certifications, social media
- Exclude personal data
- Pay special attention to grammar, spelling, and neatness. Contact a Career Development Center professional for final review.
Email your resume in a word document to the Career Development Center for review.