Write a Resume
Resumes and cover letters are necessary tools to make an impact on potential employers, graduate schools, mentors, or industry groups. Your resume is also a guide for you and a potential interviewer to highlight what transferrable skills you bring to the table. The goal of your resume should be to:
1) Show evidence that you are qualified for whatever your goal is
What have you done that shows you are a good fit for a position (internship, job,
graduate program, scholarship, etc.)?
2) To secure an interview
How can you articulate what you have done to show you will fit in at the organization?
GETTING STARTED TIPS
- Student resumes in certain industries like business, engineering and criminal justice are typically 1 page
- Exceptions to this include federal resumes, graduate school or fellowship resumes, and Curriculum vitaes or "CVs", used more for higher and continuing education
- Use 10.5 to 11 point type font with a header between 14-18 type font
- Be consistent with all formatting
- Focus on information that is relevant to the goal
- Think of your resume as a highlight reel, not something to just list activities
- Include key words taken directly from the job description when applying for a job or internship
- Quantify your results, when possible
- EDIT, EDIT, EDIT and ask for help with proofreading
- Send as a PDF attachment for the final product
- Your resume is always a work in progress. For students think of it as a 4-5 year rolling average where you are focusing on the most current and relevant information first
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