A resume is a descriptive summary of your
- It is important to have a specific
purpose or job objective in mind.
- Ideally, a resume should be one
- A resume must not contain any spelling
or grammatical errors. Therefore, have a number of people proof
read your final draft.
- Emphasize your strengths and
achievements by CAPITALIZING, bolding, and spacing.
Utilize action verbs when describing work or
- Avoid using the pronoun "I".
- A resume should have even margins, .75
- Make sure that you include a telephone
number and an e-mail address.
- If you live in a Residence Hall, be sure
to include both school and home addresses.
- Make certain that you draw attention to
all achievements, honors, and awards that you received in college,
in your activities, or in your employment.
- List jobs and higher educational
institutions in reverse chronological order.
- If your resume is too lengthy or wordy,
discern which information is most relevant and marketable and omit
unnecessary information. Information should be concise.
- Your resume must look professional.
Therefore, you should have it laser printed.
- Use white or off white bond (resume)
- Advisors from the University Career
Services are available to assist you and answer your questions
regarding your resume.
Although it is not necessary, if you have
references you may include the statement "Furnished upon request."
After completing your resume, prepare a separate printed list of
references you intend to use. Do not mail it with your resume,
unless instructed, but have it with you and ready if an interviewer
asks for references. Your references should consist of previous
employers, supervisors to whom you reported or perhaps a professor
who knows you well. Be certain to secure permission from these
people to use their names. The list should include name, title,
name of company, address and phone number.