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Title: Resume Writing

Resume Writing
  • Brought to you by the Career Development Office

Resume Components
  • Identifying Data
  • Name
  • Street Address
  • Email Address
  • Phone or Message Number
  • Personal webpage (if you want it seen)

Resume Components
  • Education
  • Name of School
  • Major
  • Degree Received or Pursuing
  • Graduation Date or Projected Graduation Date
  • Include any course titles relevant to the
  • Honors and GPA are optional, include if strong
  • If you attended more than one college list most
    recent first
  • You can list an Associates degree and school but
    you do not have to
  • Do not list high school

Resume Components
  • Experience/Work History
  • Include Paid and Volunteer Positions
  • Job Title
  • Employing Organization
  • Dates of Employment (month year is sufficient)
  • Emphasize tasks, skills, abilities and
  • Present achievements, contributions and results
  • Quantify if possible

Optional Components
  • Job Objective
  • One-line description of the type of position you
  • Use only if you have a specific statement about
    your interests
  • Skills Abilities
  • Foreign languages, computer skills, office
    skills, lab techniques, or transferable skills
    not mentioned elsewhere.
  • Languages
  • If you are fluent or have conversational level of
    a language

Optional Components
  • Activities Interests
  • List student activities/organizations,
    committees, community involvement, and volunteer
    activities you have participated in
  • List any offices held with skills and tasks
  • Can go under Experience instead if it is a
    substantial activity
  • Honors
  • Can include academic honors, honor societies, and
  • List under Education section or separately

Optional Components
  • References
  • NOT necessary to end resume with, References
    Available on Request but it is the best place to
    state Portfolio and/or writing samples available
    on request, if relevant.
  • Create a separate page for references, include
  • Names
  • Titles
  • Contact information
  • Include formers employers, volunteer project
    supervisors, and faculty
  • Do not use relatives or friends
  • Make sure you ask permission from references
    before including them

Developing a Resume
  • Analyze the type of position you are interested
  • What are the typical qualifications and
    requirements for doing this kind of work do
    your research
  • Analyze experiences for relevant skill areas
  • List work, volunteer, class projects and other
    experiences you have and start identifying skills
    you demonstrated in those activities
  • Write descriptive phrases
  • Take your list and start converting it into short
    descriptive phrases (use your action verbs)

Developing a Resume
  • Start shaping this into a generic resume
  • It does not have to be perfectly formatted, it
    can be longer than one page
  • You will shape it and cut it down as needed for
    each job you apply to

Customizing a Resume
  • Take the generic resume or list of experiences
    you have and tailor it to the specific position
  • Because you will ultimately have different
    versions of your resume and application materials
    it is important to keep track of what you have
  • Keep a binder or some sort of file
  • Have a copy of the job description, the exact
    version of your resume you submitted, cover
    letter and any other materials for each position

Customizing a Resume
  • Analyze the job description
  • Highlight the required and preferred, skills,
    abilities and qualifications in the description
  • Analyze experiences for relevant skill areas
  • Review your experiences, identify the skills you
    used that fit the position(s) for which you are
  • Write descriptive phrases
  • Write short phrases to describe what you did that
    illustrates each skill be concise and specific
  • Arrange the phrases in order of relevance to the
    position you are applying for

Resume Dos
  • Use good quality (at least 20lb. bond) paper
  • Use a readable font and print on a high
    resolution printer (laser is best)
  • If you use an objective, make it specific
  • Emphasize results produced, significant
    achievements and recognition from others
  • Quantify when possible and use specific examples
  • First or second year students can include
    accomplishments and experience from high school

Resume Dos
  • Check the spelling of every word make sure
    grammar and punctuation are correct
  • Have someone proofread your resume
  • Get feedback from several people
  • Begin phrases with action verbs such as
    developed, initiated, etc.
  • Be truthful about your accomplishments
  • Keep your resume to one page unless you have
    extensive experience related to your job objective

Resume Don'ts
  • Use resume templates that come with word
    processing software
  • Begin phrases with I or use complete sentences
  • Include personal information such as marital
    status, social security number, age, or national
  • Use flashy graphics or colored paper
  • Mention controversial activities or associations
  • By your third year in college you should strive
    not to include high school accomplishments

Resume Donts
  • List unrelated, minor duties such as opened
    mail or filed documents
  • Exaggerate your experience
  • Use meaningless words or phrases such as seeking
    a challenging position or seeking a position
    working with people
  • Start phrases in the experience section with My
    responsibilities (or duties) included
  • Use abbreviations

Resume Formats
  • There are many different resume formats
  • Chronological and skills or a hybrid
    chronological/skills are the most commonly used
  • Select which format will best present your skills
    and experience

Resume Formats
  • Chronological
  • Lists your experiences in reverse chronological
  • Works best when your work, volunteer, and
    academic experiences directly relate to the job
    you are seeking
  • Skills
  • Focuses less on where and when you obtained
  • Job titles, employers, and dates of employment
    are listed at the bottom of the page
  • Hybrid of Chronological/Skills
  • Most start with a brief skills summary followed
    by a list of experiences with description in
    reverse chronological order

Resume Checklist
  • Is the resume pleasing to the eye easy to read
    font, good layout?
  • Are your name, address, city, state, zip code,
    phone number and email at the top of the page?
  • Does your objective (if used) state clearly the
    functional areas in which you seek employment and
    the level of job you want?
  • Did you use bullets, bold, all capitals, and
    underlining to highlight key strengths?
  • Is information listed in order of importance and
    relevance to the position?

Resume Checklist
  • Does the resume avoid generalities and focus on
    specifics about experience, projects, products?
  • Did you check the spelling of every word and make
    sure the grammar and punctuation are correct?
  • Do most phrases begin with action verbs such as
    developed, initiated, etc.?
  • Have you been truthful about accomplishments
    rather than overly modest or hyping too much?
  • If you were the employer, would you call for an

  • Questions?