Include: Area of concentration; major and minor; indicate
you are a candidate for a Bachelor of Science in Computer
Science, for example; expected date of graduation; academic
achievements, honors, awards; extra-curricular activities
(sports, clubs, committees). Note any specific manner in which
the school name is written, for example, we are not formally
referred to as "SUNY Albany," but University
at Albany, State University of New York, and as such,
this is how the school should appear on your resume. If you
have any certifications related to your major, or have completed
any training courses, you should include them as well. NOTE:
If you have a double major, you can only list ONE degree
(B.A. or B.S.) on your resume. The Undergrad Bulletin states:
"Students may elect more than one major, designating
which is to be considered the 'first major,' the 'second major,'
etc. The first major listed shall be from the dept. from which
the student elects to receive advisement. The faculty of the
school or college that offers the first major shall then recommend
the student for the appropriate degree. For example, a student
completing the three majors Geology, History, and Philosophy
would receive a B.S. degree if the first major were Geology
or a B.A. degree if the first major were History or Philosophy."
Education (High School/Secondary School):
This may or may not be relevant to put in your resume. If
this is your first job, and you were recognized in high school
for some particular achievement, then include it. If you have
been employed or are in graduate school, adding your high
school name is not necessary. Include: name and location of
your high school; year of graduation; major programs studied;
academic achievements; honors, science fair awards; all of
your extracurricular activities. Pertinent advanced courses
such as any college or AP courses, drafting, computer technology,
physics, calculus, machine shop and/or electronics should
also be included.
List all computer languages you know and computer systems
you are familiar with. Include relevant software packages
or applications you are familiar with that can demonstrate
your skills. Also, add special computer related experiences,
i.e. owning a personal computer, building your own system,
writing programs or designing web pages, etc. No matter what
job you get, these skills will be relevant
Include all work experiences, full or part-time, paid or volunteer.
If you have had many jobs, or have been out of school for
an extended period of time, or are changing focus, you may
choose to list only relevant experiences or recent ones, i.e.
within the last 5 years. A common way to list them is
in reverse chronological order, the most recent being first.
List the position you held, specific duties, place of employment
and location, and dates of employment. The description of
the duties of each job should emphasize the tasks performed,
indicating specialties learned, skills developed, scope of
responsibility, and results achieved. Of particular importance
are experiences illustrating leadership potential, organizational
ability, communication skills, ingenuity, and teamwork. Use
action verbs. Answer the question "What did I do?"!
The employer wants to know the relevancy of this job to what
you are applying for. Don't be surprised if they ask you this
You may wish to include all hobbies that you have and are
involved in outside of school: model car building, martial
arts, chess, surf fishing, auto mechanics, any sports you
play, debating, gardening, painting, building model rockets,
grooming poodles... whatever! The point to note here is this:
Put something down that you want to support your presentation
of yourself. Does this hobby reveal something about you that
you want the employer to know? If not, think twice about including
Community and Service Activities:
This section is important for those students applying to service
related jobs or to graduate school, particularly medical school,
other allied health professions, etc. Include all community
and service related activities you were involved with in high
school or are presently involved. Volunteer work is important
to include here.
The Summary Section:
The summary section is optional in different types of resumes.
Resumes are by their nature summary documents, but this section
takes the synopsis another step toward brevity. It isolates
the four or five key attributes you claim as a graduate, worker
or trainee. It gives the employer a glimpse, in just a few
lines, of your primary qualifications. And, as is the style
of a reverse chronological document, the summary comes first
or near the top of your resume.
a summary is placed directly above the education, but could
go below as well. Such content will be used in a job search,
whether it's in the resume, cover letter, or interview. You
will be the final judge as to where it will be used, but it
is wise to develop it up front. The best way to understand
the Summary section is through visualizing a scene in a job
search which will likely come to pass for real later on. Imagine
that you are two-thirds of the way through an interview for
the kind of position you seek. The interviewer begins to speak.
"We've talked for twenty minutes. I've read your resume
and letter. I think you can do this job. My problem is that
I also think a number of other candidates can do the job too
and I can only hire one of you. You don't know these others
and you don't need to compare yourself. But sum it all up
for me. In your view, what are the four or five main reasons
why you think I would be doing the right thing by hiring you?"
Given this scenario, what would you say? In essence, this
is the content for your summary. They should be brief statements
- well thought out, one-liners. They should reflect a basic
understanding of your field(s) and should cover: academic
foundation, related and/or supporting experiences, general
skills (those which would be useful in any career-oriented
job, such as writing, planning, problem-solving, and being
well-organized), skills specific to your field(s), and work
character (what you are like to work with, perhaps including
points like taking initiative, adapt easily, strong work ethic).
These statements cannot help but be subjective and hard to
illustrate on paper, but they can be designed to sound neither
arrogant nor canned.
This may or may not be included. It can usually be assumed
you will have references, and you will often be asked to include
them on an information sheet or an application. If you include
this line on your resume under the heading "References,"
the statement, "References will be supplied upon request"
will suffice. It is important, however, that you are prepared
to give at least three references when filling out your company
application form. This would include their name and phone
number at the least.