is a brief summary of your abilities, education, experience, and
skills. Its main task is to convince prospective employers to contact
you. A resume has one purpose: to get you a job interview. Resumes
must do their work quickly. Employers or personnel officers may
look through hundreds of applications and may spend only a few seconds
reviewing your resume. To get someone to look at it longer, your
resume must quickly convey that you are capable and competent enough
to be worth interviewing. The more thoroughly you prepare your resume
now, the more likely someone is to read it later.
Your Current Local Address: Street, City, State, Zip code, (Area
code) Phone Number
Your Permanent Address: Street, City, State, Zip code, (Area code)
A logical and meaningful statement concisely describing one’s immediate
and possible long-range career goals. Use as specific a title as
institutions that granted the degrees (city and state), degrees,
graduation dates (in reverse chronological order).
applicable or appropriate, identify your major, minor, and formal
certificate program or vocational training.
GPA if it is favorable. Include academic honors and awards related
to your degrees if appropriate.
position title, where and when (not necessarily in this order).
part-time, cooperative education experiences, internships, practicums,
professional experience, and volunteer work (if related to the
job search). Appropriate subheadings for this category include:
Professional Experience, Work Experience, Related Work Experience.
identifying your skills, use action words to describe your responsibilities
and accomplishments for each position. Be thorough in descriptions,
but do not overrate your responsibilities.
accomplishments in order of importance.
your achievements using titles, numbers, and names. Titles convey
responsibility; numbers and names show magnitude of achievement
adding credibility to your resume.
skills related to career objective or job target: computer skills,
special licenses, foreign language proficiencies, research discoveries
credited to you.
of academic emphasis (if not an official major or minor), vocational
training, and means of financing your education.
List academic, leadership, athletic awards or recognitions, and
memberships in honorary organizations.
Activities & Hobbies:
responsibilities, positions of leadership, professional organization,
community and campus activities, elected or non-elected offices