Resume Tips

You have the power to make a positive first impression with any employer. And a well-written resume is one way you can do this. Here are a few things to help you get the ball rolling . . .

Be sure to include:

  • Name and contact information—local address, cell phone number, e-mail address
  • Education—include major, minor, GPA, expected graduation date, and the university name
  • Experience—include employer, title, location, dates of employment, major responsibilities
  • Leadership/extra-curricular involvement—list your community service, club membership here; be sure to include dates
  • Other skills and qualifications—list computer skills/applications and other skills the position description outlines (e.g. strong communication skills)
  • References—on a separate piece of paper provide three to five professional references

Other things you might include:

  • Coursework—courses that are relevant or required to have
  • Objective—include only if you’re sharing at a career expo; omit if applying for a specific job
  • Publications or presentations—if you have published work or presented at a conference

Be sure to arrange the information on your resume clearly and professionally. Your resume could be one of thousands a recruiter screens, so you really want to make their job a little easier.

Do’s and Don’ts of Writing Your Resume

Do:

  • Include your contact information (only one phone number, mailing address, and e-mail address is necessary).
  • Make your document visually appealing (is the important information easy to find?).
  • Use action verbs (managed, oversaw, organized, developed, analyzed).
  • Use bullets to highlight information.
  • Make statements short and to the point (organized a campus event for 600 students).
  • Have someone proofread your resume (someone in the career services office or an advisor).
  • Include dates on everything (except your objective and skills) in reverse chronological order.
  • Organize with subheadings (education, work experience, honors/awards/leadership, other skills/qualifications, relevant coursework).
  • Use numbers when possible (increased sales by 20 percent).
  • Keep your resume to one page.

Do Not:

  • Include high school information (sports, awards, etc.). It is OK during your freshman year, but after that omit.
  • Discount valuable experience (especially on a family farm or as a restaurant server).
  • Use cutesy, frilly, hard to read font—keep it simple yet professional.

Want more help writing or polishing your resume? Contact Adam Cahill in the Career Services Office or schedule an appointment with your advisor.