A resume is a self-designed summary of your personal, educational, and employment
qualifications. A resume should tell: who you are, what you know, what you do well,
and what you want to do. Your resume should concisely present this information in
order to obtain an interview.
What information sections can be included in the resume?
You can choose what information sections to include in your resume as well as what
you wish to name each section. Be sure to see the sample student resumes for further
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This section is the first piece of information an employer sees. It includes your
name (centered, bold) address (present and/or permanent), email address, and telephone
number. Remember when giving employers your cell phone number, that they may get your
voicemail instead of you. Does your voicemail present a professional view of you?
The Career Objective
Include what you are seeking (type of job or internship) and what you have to offer
in terms of experience or skills. A separate resume can be written for each job position
sought. It is advisable to use specific objectives to demonstrate a sense of focus.
Include the name of the university attended, majors, minors, and concentrations.
Regarding your GPA, many employers of students and new graduates expect to have this
included in the resume. This is also where you will list any study abroad experience.
List the university, city, and country, and the semester of study.
Include this section if you are competent in a foreign language, or have computer
skills beyond Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel such as Adobe Photoshop, Quark,
programming skills, etc.
Under each work experience listing, identify job title, name of employer, location,
and the dates of employment. Be sure to use action verbs in describing the responsibilities
of each position and to highlight accomplishments.
This is typically a list of "one-liners." It will include places of employment that
weren't as significant such as Desk Aide. This should, however, be written in the
same format as the Relevant Experience section but without the descriptive bullets.
Activities and Honors
This section includes everything else. Be sure to list academic honors such as scholarship
recipient and Dean's List first. (Even if you've only made Dean's List one semester,
it should still be listed.) Dates are included if you held a leadership position
listed in this section.
What about references?
Generally, do no not include reference information unless it has been requested.
However, you should be prepared to provide this information. Remember never to give
someone's name without their permission! Try to keep your references informed about
your job search and tell them names of persons and organizations to whom you've given
What is the "correct" resume format to use?
There is no one right way to construct a resume! There are hundreds of styles to
choose from. As a result, you are able to choose the style that best represents you!