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Resume Tips

Start early! Expect to revise your resume multiple times before you send it to an employer.

Knowing your strengths and how they will benefit an employer is the key to writing a solid resume.

  1. A resume is most often visually scanned, not read, by the employer. Therefore, it must be well organized and clearly laid out.
  2. Make sure the resume is error-free. Proofread, and have others proofread for you. An employer may not consider your resume if there are typos.
  3. Get advice from a professional in your field or Career Services on what to include.
  4. Be truthful. You must be able to discuss anything on your resume in an interview. If you are caught lying you may not only hurt your chances at one company. Employers often tell other professionals in the same field.
  5. You may include your cumulative GPA, major GPA, or both if they are above 3.0.
  6. Continuously update your resume so you will have a current copy ready for unexpected opportunities.
  7. If you are emailing your resume do not use an unusual font. It may not be readable on another person’s computer. Use a basic font or send a pdf file.
  8. Be clear and professional with language. Never use slang or complicated words that you may not be familiar with. You can use industry jargon to show your knowledge but do not overuse it.
  9. When writing the experience section, if you did not have a formal job title, construct one of which you trust your boss would approve, and feel free to check with her/him.
  10. No two resumes will look alike; format choice is a personal one. There are two basic questions to answer:
    1. Can an employer easily find the skills they want?
    2. Is the overall appearance appealing and professional?
  11. Avoid unnecessary personal information such as marital status and date of birth.
  12. Create separate resumes to fit each career field or job type in which you are job searching.

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