- Watch "Resume 101" webshop.
- View "Resume Outline" handout for an example of what to include in your resume.
- Use an objective to target the employer, position type, or field of interest.
- Include related coursework/projects when applying for internships or if you have limited relevant work experience.
- Volunteer work or club involvement can be used as experience.
- View "Resumes Samples by College" for examples of major specific resumes.
- For international students, watch "International Student Resume Webex."
- In general, limit your resume to one page.
- Keep margins ideally at 0.75"-1".
- Use traditional, clean fonts sized 10-12. Use of bolding is OK for section headings and job titles.
- Avoid using vertical or horizontal lines, graphics, italics, and columns.
- Proofread carefully for grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors.
- Make sure verb tense is correct. Use present tense for current jobs and past tense for past jobs.
Tailoring Your Resume
- Watch "Marketing Your Skills for Success: Accomplishment Statements" video.
- Use accomplishment statements for projects and experience.
- Quantify whenever possible, such as number of customers you served, classmates you presented to, or percentage of increase in profit.
- Example: "Managed annual club budget" to "Managed annual budget of $5000 for marketing and executing events, resulting in a 20% increase in club members"
- View "Action Verbs" handout for a list of verbs to start.
- Use the S.T.A.R. (Situation/Task/Action/Results) method or learn from Google Executive Laszlo Bock's formula for writing a winning resume.
- View "Examples of Accomplishment Statements" handout for more ideas.
- View "Transferable Skills" handout for a list of skills you can use.
- Demonstrate the "Top Attributes Employers Want to See on Resumes."
- Highlight transferable skills such as leadership, communication, and teamwork in projects and experience.
- When using experience not directly in your field, focus on transferable skills to keep it relevant.
- Learn more about using transferable skills, as well as the top 10 skills employers want.
Marketing Your Brand
- Use cover letters to bring your skills and experience to life.
- Keep cover letter to 3 paragraphs highlighting: why you are applying for the job, examples of the top qualifications you have, and why that company is of interest to you.
- View "Internship Cover Letter Sample" or "Job Cover Letter Sample."
- Learn more about how to write cover letters.
- Watch "Marketing Your Skills for Success: Online Portfolios" video to learn more about how to create an online portfolio.