A resume is a powerful marketing tool that summarizes your education, experiences, and skills for potential employers. It should be clear, concise, appealing, and informative. Your resume should be tailored toward employment in a particular position or industry and therefore should highlight relevant experiences and accomplishments toward a respective field. A resume prepared for one position may omit information that would be included in a resume geared toward another position. You may want to create several resumes if your job search includes more than one type of position and/or industry. In all cases, you resume should focus on your qualifications and transferable skills, while also implying future contributions you could make to the employer.
CREATING YOUR RESUME
Make a list of all your current and past experiences and accomplishments relating to jobs, internships, campus activities, volunteer work, class projects, study abroad, sports, honors/awards, memberships, language skills, and computer/software knowledge. Be detailed and list dates and locations.
Sections and headings can be whatever you think most appropriately categorizes your experiences and accomplishments. Here are some examples: Education, Relevant Experience, Internships, Work Experience, Additional Experience, Leadership, Campus Involvement, Community Involvement, Volunteerism, Computer Skills, Technical Skills, Relevant Skills, Professional Associations, Honors/Awards, Accomplishments, Presentations, Class Projects, and so forth. Remember, headings draw the employer to what they are looking for, so categorize your experiences accordingly.
Generating Your Content
Organize your contact information, objective, and education. As mentioned above, sections are tailored to your experiences and therefore there are not a set of sections you have to include. However, there is information that you may want to include that will be formatted differently than your other sections.
Contact information: Give your full name, complete mailing address, phone number (with area code), and email address. Your phone number should be a cell phone number. Your email address and voicemail message should reflect professionalism. You can list both your permanent address and your local address as long as you specify each.
Objective: An objective statement is optional, but can be used when you are pursuing a specific position. A well-written objective is concise and goal-oriented.
Education: This section should include your degree (anticipated or obtained), major and/or minor field of study, graduation date, university name, and location (city/state). The information should be listed in the same format as on your diploma. Listing your Grade Point Average (GPA) is optional, but we recommend including it on your resume if it is 3.0 or above. If it is lower, focus on a part of your GPA that could be higher, such as your Major GPA (calculated from the coursework derived from your major). You can also include relevant coursework here or as a standalone section. If you choose to include coursework, avoid introductory courses, list only courses related to the position you are applying for with the most advanced courses listed first, and do not list the course numbers.
University of Oklahoma - Norman, OK
Bachelor of Science, May 20XX
Overall GPA: 3.67/4.00
Major GPA: 3.80/4.00
Relevant coursework: Abnormal Psychology,
Cognitive Psychology, Research Method
Statistics I & II, Theories and Systems,
BUILD YOUR BULLETS
Bullet points within your experiences should describe what was accomplished or learned. Think about "What," "How," and "Why."
Completed bullet point: "Established long-term relationships with clients by following through on commitments which resulted in a 32% average increase in personal sales for three consequtive quarters."
Bullet Point Tips:
Organize your resume by deciding what experiences on your list you think are the most relevant to the position for which you want to apply. Put the most relevant sections toward the top of your resume. Employers scan resumes for about 20 seconds, so the sooner they see how you could fit their needs the better your chances of making it into the "yes" pile.
Don't think you have any relevant skills? Think again!
Class projects and assignments, part-time/full-time jobs, campus and community involvement, volunteerism, athletics, and so forth have equipped you with a wide range of skills that employers could find useful!
Let's say you work part-time as a server in a restaurant. There are several skills that are acquired through that position, such as:
These are all skills that most employers would find valuable that you could put on your resume!
Skills in Your Resume
You can incorporate skills on your resume through the descriptive bullet points within your experiences OR through a separate Skills section. A Skills section (sometimes called a Strengths section or a Summary of Qualifications) can list computer/technical skills, languages, communication/interpersonal skills, and any transferable skills in which you think an employer would be interested. When you are listing skills, try to be specific.
Example: "Diplomatic and assertive in communicating with people" instead of "Good people skills."
The physical appearance of your resume is important because employers can infer information about you based on the format of your resume.
Here are some basic formatting guidelines:
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