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Resumes

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.


Cover Letters
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.


DO Include

  • 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

  • References
  • Lies, exaggerations, or misrepresentations
  • Photographs
  • 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.

Concise

  • 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.

 


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