Writing A Resume
Tips for success
Purpose of a Resume
Your resume is a marketing tool that highlights your experience and strengths. The main purpose of a resume is
to convince an employer to invite you for an interview. The key to writing an effective resume is to write it with the
employer in mind by focusing on what you would bring to the workplace.
Required Sections of a Resume
Include your name, full mailing address (list both permanent and local addresses, along with effective dates, if
you will be moving soon), phone number, and email address.
Your name should be the largest item on the page.
High school information SHOULD NOT appear on a professional resume unless it is extremely relevant to
the position for which you’re applying.
List educational experiences in reverse-chronological order (from most recent to oldest).
For each educational experience, include:
The name of the institution.
The city and state where the institution is located.
The degree you will earn. Spell out the degree (for example, "Bachelor of Arts"); do not use abbreviations.
The month and year you earned (or will earn) the degree.
Your major(s), minor(s), and concentrations.
GPA is optional, and can enhance a resume if it is 3.0 or higher (based on a 4.0 scale).
Consider including relevant coursework or training (if it is speciﬁc to your objective) in this section.
Add any study abroad experiences, including the name of the institution, dates, and coursework.
If you personally ﬁnanced more than 50% of your education by working during school or from awarded
scholarships (not loans), you may want to mention it in this section.
Include full-time, part-time, volunteer, internship, cooperative, laboratory, and clinical experiences relevant to
your ﬁeld, whether they were paid or unpaid.
List experiences in reverse-chronological order (begin with most recent experience and work backward) and
The name of the organization (for example, the name of the company for which you worked).
The city and state where the organization is located.
Your title at the organization (for example, "assistant manager" or "volunteer").
The start and end dates of your experience (include month and year).
Describe each experience. You may include the duties of the position, but your resume will be more effective
if you stress the
you used and the
Focus on transferable skills, such as
communication, analysis, research, leadership, and teamwork.
Research shows that employers much prefer bullets to paragraphs. Use bullets to make your resume easy to