A résumé is a marketing tool tailored for a specific job opportunity.
A good résumé provides employers with an easy-to-understand outline of your education, experience, activities, accomplishments and skills.
Résumés are noticed when they:
- Are tailored to your employment goals
- Emphasize relevant accomplishments and skills
- Are concise, well-organized and easy to read
- Show results through accomplishment-based statements
Plan for multiple revisions in order to have a polished piece that catches the attention of employers.
- GETTING STARTED
- Review examples: Look over sample résumé(s) for formatting and content ideas.
- Make a list: Begin making a list of your experiences including internships, volunteering, jobs, academic projects, and campus and community involvement.
- Review the job description: Highlight key skills, experiences and traits the employer is seeking. Résumés are best when tailored for a specific position.
- Organize content: Once you understand the position and have identified which experiences are most relevant, you can begin to organize the content.
- RÉSUMÉ CHECKLIST
Once a draft of your résumé is complete, double-check the formatting and content using the checklist below.
Step 1: Check your formatting
- Easy to find and read information
- Pay close attention to consistent formatting (headings, fonts, line spacing, etc.)
- Fonts are professional and readable (10 pt or larger)
- Most résumés should only be one page (education majors are an exception)
Step 2: Check your content
- Section headings are easy to find
- Relevant experience (classes, volunteer or work) is clear and toward the top
- Each experience lists the organization, city and state, position title and length of experience
- Within each section, experiences are listed with most recent first
- Has well-written accomplishment statements
- Each statement should begin with an action verb and include accomplishments, not only responsibilities
- No personal pronouns (I, my, me, our, etc.)
- Edited for grammar and spelling mistakes
- References should be included in a separate document or page
- Example résumés by discipline
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