Preparing Your Resume
Your resume is a vital part of your job search.
It is the document that markets you and your credentials to a
It is an invitation for potential employers to learn about your skills and quali
ume can also be used as a “calling card” when you meet people who might be valuable contacts in your
Submitting a resume and cover letter together is one of the
rst steps in the job application process.
Your goal in writing an effective resume is to describe your key experiences and accomplishments in a way that
resonates with employers and other readers.
Applicants who best communicate their past experiences,
education, and skills related to the content and functions of the available position, or applicants who
demonstrate that they can
ll a speci
c need of an employer will receive further consideration.
As you begin to construct your resume, work on the content and composition, then decide on a format that
highlights your strengths and career goals.
Expect to go through several drafts in this process.
Content: What To Include, What Not To Include
What you choose to include in your resume will paint a picture of you.
It will often lead int
so be prepared to talk about, expand on, and articulate clearly everything on your resume.
Your resume should include:
Include your name, present and permanent addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail
Do not include personal information such as age, gender, ethnicity, health, height, weight, marital
status, or a photo of yourself.
You may want to include your citizenship status.
See page 3.
Summary of Qualifications and Keywords:
Many candidates are including a summary statement at the
beginning oF their resume, instead oF a “
” so employers can get a snapshot oF their strengths in
the first few lines.
See the resume examples at the end of this handout
and “Career Objective” on page 3
Summary of Qualifications is a short list of your key strengths and experiences.
It communicates what you offer.
List your institution
name(s) and degree(s) in reverse chronological order and include the month
and year you expect to or did receive your degree.
Include Major and Minor.
Some students want to show that they have undertaken study in a subject,
even though it was not a major or minor.
In this case, you can list such study as a “concentration” or
as “extensive coursework in…” Listing your courses is optional
- many employers prefer that you do
not list courses unless they are directly related to the work you will be doing.
Include special programs of study, such as study abroad or other off-campus study experiences.
Include honors and awards.