One of the most important parts of career planning is developing a resume.
Career and Professional Development can help build a resume from the ground up or fine-tune one to be the best it can be.
A resume is a descriptive summary of your background:
- concisely written in one or two pages
- always sent with a cover letter
- presented attractively
- clearly communicating a sense of purpose and professionalism
- focusing on strengths and abilities
- never containting negative informatino or weaknesses
The primary purpose of the resume is to obtain an interview.
Keep in mind that your resume might not be read by a human being and instead might be scanned into a computer database.
You might mail, email, or post your resume online. Slight variations in writing style are required for each situation; consider calling the organization to determine which type of resume to send.
Always include a cover letter with every resume.
Cover letters act as polite, friendly introductions that give an overview of who you are, what sets you apart, and why you’re a good candidate for the position.
When mailing, print the letter on the same paper.
- Name, address, email, and telephone number
- Education: degree, institution, city and state, major, minor, graduation date
- Experience: job titles, company name, city and state, responsibilities and achievements, employment dates
- Could include volunteer experiences, field experiences, internships, and summer employment
- Activities: professional, educational, extracurricular, or civic organization involvement and leadership responsibilities
- Awards, certifications, or memberships in professional organizations
- Relevant skills: technical and computer proficiency and foreign languages
DO NOT Include
- Lies, exaggerations, or misrepresentations
- Salary expectations
This will be discussed in a later interview or in a job offer.
- Irrelevant personal information:
- age, sex, marital status, race, religion
- national origin or political affiliation
- social security number or health status
- Any negative information
Attractive and Easy to Read
- Style your resume with capital letters, bullets, highlighting, margins, and spacing.
- Be careful with these additives if writing scannable or electronic resumes.
- Use block form with plenty of white space.
- Print on neutral-color paper: ivory, white, or light-gray resume paper.
- Use white paper if it will be scanned.
- Resumes are typically one page for new or recent university graduates.
- Write in phrases, not full sentences.
Free of Errors
- Make sure your resume is free of spelling, grammatical, and typographical errors.
- Ask somebody else to double check.