Do’s and Don’ts <ul><li>Avoid Word templates if you can </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Word templates do not use the space on the page efficiently </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The tabs and breaks on the page are a huge headache and it is difficult to make unique changes if you want to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There are surely better ways of taking the snapshot of your professional side </li></ul></ul>
Do’s and Don’ts <ul><li>Leave stuff you did in high school in high school. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>University is a whole new ballgame and more often than not your high school achievements will pale in comparison. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By the time you end your sophomore year or are in the middle of your junior year you should have achieved other things of note </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You need the space to tell the employer what you have done recently </li></ul></ul>
Explanations <ul><li>Most employers will not look past the first page if you are an undergrad </li></ul><ul><li>This is a SNAPSHOT of your recent professional experience, affiliations and achievements; NOT A NARITIVE </li></ul><ul><li>If it makes you look good then stick it in your resume </li></ul><ul><li>KEEP IT UNIFORM AND EASY TO READ AND FOLLOW </li></ul>
Your Personal Information Example 1: Example 2 Example 3: Sometimes if you don’t feel like giving your address you don’t have to. Initially a contact phone number and email address is sufficient. YOU GOT TO HAVE A PROFESSIONAL/NON OFFENSIVE EMAIL ADDRESS
Education Basic: Say you do a lot: Another Example:
Listing GPA and most important educational achievements: Listing other honors is you have enough for a whole new section: IF YOUR GOING TO USE BULLET POINTS… HAVE AT LEAST 3
Relevant Coursework If you don’t have work experience: If you have many courses: If you want to be more specific with your classes or projects: THIS IS ONLY A TEMPORARY SUBSTITUTE FOR WORK EXPERIENCE BUT YOU SHOULD STILL FIND SOME WORK EXPERIENCE BECAUSE YOU CANT REALLY REPALCE IT!
Work Experience <ul><li>List either Chronological or Most Relevant </li></ul><ul><li>List your highlights and other unique things about what you did. </li></ul><ul><li>If you can talk about dollar amounts put it in because $$$ equal responsibility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: “responsible for $70,000 in sales a week” </li></ul></ul>
Don’t use the same adjective twice if you can help it. Use the synonym function on Word If there are acronyms spell it out. Utilize numbers to tell the magnitude of things you did.
This is an example of how you might present your progress over the years with one company Please note that verbs are not used more than once and that the descriptions are ranked by importance or relevance
These are some sections you may add to your resume in the case you have had some experience and have more than a “snapshot” of information In some cases if there is something exceptional outside normal responsibilities you wish to highlight you could have a subsection commonly called ‘Notable Achievements” where you can list them
Extra Curricular <ul><li>List officer positions and what you did while that officer followed by committee work. Positions should be in chronological order </li></ul><ul><li>Student involvement is a great way to show leadership, multitasking as well as a great way to offset your GPA </li></ul><ul><li>Follow similar guidelines as Work Experience </li></ul>
Put multiple officer positions if you need to. This will show progression and consistency If you are just a member in multiple organizations or have little involvement just list
Use of Fonts <ul><li>Most popular and easiest to read are Times New Roman or Arial </li></ul><ul><li>Bold and Italicized options are used to emphasize aspects that you want to stand out </li></ul><ul><li>Font size also helps emphasize parts of your Resume. Usually for titles of sections </li></ul><ul><li>Stay uniform and consistent throughout the whole page. From formatting to dates they should always appear consistant </li></ul>
Final Thoughts <ul><li>Use of “Objectives” varies on person to person. It is nice to have a unique intro for certain jobs or employers </li></ul><ul><li>Order of sections are not final. If you feel your student organization is better than your extra curricular is better than work experience than move it up </li></ul><ul><li>Change the margins and fonts sizes to fit it all into one page if you are having a hard time fitting it all in </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t put “references available upon request” if you don’t have the space. If they want it they will ask for it. Have a separate sheet prepared with name, title, email and phone number </li></ul>