What is a resume?

• A resume is a one or two page summary of your education, skills, accomplishments, and experience.

• To prepare a successful resume, you need to know how to review, summarize, and present your experiences and achievements on one page.

• Your resume is your ticket to an interview where you can sell yourself!


1. Resume Essentials (prepare prior to writing the resume)

Self-assessment: outline your skills, abilities, work experience and extracurricular activities.

2. The Content of Your Resume

Heading: Name, address, home telephone, cellular phone, e-mail address, web site address (If applicable)

Objective or Summary: An objective tells potential employers the type of work you’re hoping to do. Example: “To obtain an entry-level position within a financial institution requiring strong analytical and organization skills.”

Education: New graduates without a lot of work experience should list their educational information first. Alumni can list it after the work experience section.

Work Experience: Briefly give an overview of work that has taught you skills using action words to describe job duties. Be sure to list title, name of organization, location, dates of employment and responsibilities (in bullet format)

• Other Information:
• Key or special skills or competencies,
• Leadership experience in volunteer organizations,
• Participation in sports.

References: Ask people if they are willing to serve as references before you give their names to a potential employer – use a separate sheet to list the professional references. You may note at the bottom of your resume: “References furnished on request.”

3. Resume Checkup

• Run a spell check on your computer before anyone sees your resume.

• Get a friend (an English major would do nicely) to do grammar review.

• Ask another friend to proofread. The more people who see your resume, the more likely misspelled words and awkward phrases will be seen (and corrected).

• Have a career counselor review and critique your resume.