What is a resume?
A resume is a one or two page summary of your education, skills, accomplishments, and experience. Your resume's purpose is to get your foot in the door. A resume does its job successfully if it does not exclude you from consideration.
How to Prepare a Successful Resume
Focus on the content of your resume. Before you write, take time to outline your skills and abilities as well as your work experience and extracurricular activities. This will make it easier to write your resume.
These resumes will help you think about what you want to put on paper. They are examples because you should use the sections that work best for you, don't be afraid to mix and match different information and sections to highlight the key things you want employers to know. Your resume should be tailored to the positions that you are applying for, so you'll never really be done working on your resume. There is no such thing as the "perfect resume" if you're stuck come see us for a quick review and some suggestions.
Check your spelling! Do not depend on spell check. Have other people proofread your resume!
The Career Guide has several different example resumes to help you get started!
- Know how your skills and experience fit the position you are applying for.
- Compose a separate cover letter to accompany each resume and address the letter to a specific person.
- Concentrate on the positive and use action verbs.
- Spell check and have someone carefully proofread it for misspellings, grammatical errors, or typos.
- Use slang or jargon.
- Be too modest, Put your best foot forward without arrogance or falsification.