Do you have a quick question about your résumé, interview skills, graduate school application, etc., but don’t have time for a regular appointment? Check out our in-person Drop-In Hours, which will be held every Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. beginning on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, where trained career services staff will be able to assist you!
Students and alumni are encouraged to submit their résumés to email@example.com. Your résumé will be reviewed by one of our career consultants, and you will receive feedback in approximately five business days. We do not schedule résumé reviews on weekends, and same-day or requests for reviews less than 24 hours after the request for review has been submitted will not be able to be accommodated.
Questions regarding cover letters, interview skills, etc. can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When preparing your résumé, it is important to remember that the purpose of a résumé is to get you an interview. In the 30 seconds your résumé will be looked over, you must convince a prospective employer that you deserve an interview. Therefore,
do not attempt to present an autobiography of yourself. Focus on your accomplishments and the skills that you have acquired and what you have to offer a particular company for the future.
To begin your résumé, make a detailed list of all of your experiences. Segment these experiences into categories such as:
Optional items for your résumé include:
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Include everything that you can think of because your résumé can be revised later during a résumé appointment with a career coach at the Career and Professional Development Center. Once you have compiled a list of experiences into categories, you will
need to decide on the format that best exemplifies your accomplishments and your goals. The two formats most often used are the chronological and functional résumé.
A chronological résumé focuses on past experiences. It is the most effective format to use when:
It is the least effective format to use when:
A functional résumé focuses on strengths and accomplishments. It is the most effective format to use when:
Once you have gathered and organized your information, there are several things to keep in mind as you begin the actual writing process:
You should never include in your résumé:
Individual résumé coaching is available by appointment. Please contact the Career and Professional Development Center to make an appointment.
The following “action” words can be used as the first word of sentence fragments in your résumé. Always begin your statements with an action word that describes a certain skill or ability you possess. A thesaurus can be a helpful tool in this process.
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In order to cut costs, some employers have begun using computers to read résumés. The development of scanners and Optical Character Recognition software now enables an employer to “read” and store thousands of résumés into a candidate database, which
can be searched for keywords when a vacancy needs to be filled. As the use of this technology grows, it will change the way in which résumés are prepared. For now, the following tips can be used to make your résumé more “scanner-friendly”: