Spend an hour; write a resume!
STEPS TO A PROFESSIONAL
RESUME FOR STUDENTS AT HIRAM
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A
Remember the purpose of a resume!
To obtain an INTERVIEW
by showing you are qualified for the job!
A resume is NOT an autobiography.
Find a “sample” internship or job
that really interests you. Choose one
for a new college grad/intern with
qualifications similar to yours.
Ignore practical issues like location.
This is only a sample!
Three types of resumes:
Chronological – focuses on experience
-- lists transferable skills
Combination -- a little bit of both!
College students often use a
Teacher candidates usually use a
Focus on the requirements for that
internship or job.
What are your greatest strengths or
qualifications for it? Think about how
you can make those qualifications
Choose Sections to emphasize your
qualifications such as
Education; Study Abroad, Languages
Experience, Writing Experience, Field
Clinical Background; Research; Teaching
Professional Development; Technology
Awards and Honors
Community Involvement; Campus Involvement
Under each Section, describe your
experience. Write consistent
Headings that are easy to read with
important information first.
Job Title, Employer, Location, Dates
Use these professional resume-writing
guidelines for each Entry :
Focus on what YOU did, not on your
Use active past tense verbs on every phrase
Fragments only; no full sentences or “I”
Be consistent in your format
Add transferable skills
Proofread: no errors!
Intern, Leukemia Foundation, Cleveland, OH, 2011
Wrote marketing materials for newspapers
Called local businesses to recruit volunteers
Scheduled volunteers for walking times and food
Developed, conducted, and compiled evaluations
Design your page to make it easy to read and
BOLD, italics, underlining but not all at once
Lines for emphasis
Thoughtful heading placement
Don’t overdo it!
Edit, edit, edit -- no mistakes.
Keep your resume to one page unless you have a great
deal of relevant experience.
Don’t include your references; create a Reference Page
to provide only when requested.
Print copies on resume paper –available in bookstoresfor recruiters at a career fair or while networking.
Save as document “lastname, firstname.doc”
Always add a cover email/letter
Three paragraphs that show your writing skill:
What are you applying for and why does it
Why are YOU qualified?
Thank you and follow up
(See sample in your materials)
Try it on your own.
Think of a summer job, internship, volunteer
experience or campus activity you have done.
Write a heading to describe it:
Job title, employer, location, date
Then write two to three phrases to explain what
You’re on your way to a great resume!