Just So You Know
Most resumes are only scanned for approximately 7
– 20 seconds??
Your resume is still an employer’s
first impression of you and
can either make or break you
Tips for Writing Your Resume
Spend ample time preparing your resume
Resume writing is a process – it cannot be done in a few hours
Generally takes 5 – 15 hours to prepare a resume
Be prepared to write and rewrite
Do not take offense to criticism – it will only help you in the long
Custom design resume for each position
Focus on the employers need
Do not only prepare one “blanket” resume
Proofread, proofread, proofread
Have family, friends, mentors, or career services proofread as well
Emphasizes educational experiences and accomplishments.
One page, but two pages at length
Do not fill second page with “Fluff”
If there is not enough relevant information for at least onehalf of a second page, trim the resume to one page
Academic Experience/Course Highlights
Activities, Honors, Memberships, or Research
Entry Level Resume
Similar to the “Internship” resume with the biggest differences
being a detailed description of the internship and an elimination of
Academic Experience/Course Highlights and Additional
Research the employer and consider qualifications that would be of
value to the employer.
Demonstrate a fit by integrating KEYWORDS from the job
description and company mission statement in the resume
One to two pages long
Honors, Research, or Professional Affiliations
Sample format of a resume
Heading – name and contact information
Profile – assertions about abilities, qualities, and achievements
Education & Certifications (do not list High School & only list colleges received degrees)
Related experience/job experience
Paid, practicum, internships, research, volunteer, part-time, etc...
Honors and awards
Additional (such as presentations, publications...)
Things to keep in mind:
Keep section headings uniform
Only use 1-2 different font sizes
Past tense = past jobs
Keep abbreviations the same
Utilize underlining, boldface, caps, and italics
When saving documents (resume, CL, etc..) use your name in the document and note the type
of document. Ex. Anita Job Cover Letter – Target Corp.
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