Creating a Resume
Your resume is an important tool that can make or break your job search. It is a personal advertisement of who you are and the skills and abilities you can offer a potential employer. Career Services offers resume writing assistance and they can be reached at (920)465-2163 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Are The Common Elements In The Resume?
Identifying Heading Include your name, address with zip code and telephone number. Indicate a present and/or permanent (or forwarding) address with phone number when appropriate. If you check your email regularly, then include it as well.
Objective Indicate the type of position you are seeking (on or off campus, Work Study or non-Work Study). Be as specific as possible without excluding primary areas of interest. Keep your objective to the point.
Education Begin with your most recent education. Include degree to be earned, name of college or university, date degree to be conferred, major/minor, and if appropriate, your GPA. Be sure to include your High School and date of graduation.
Experience Describe part-time jobs and volunteer work. For each experience include job title, name of organization, location (city and state) and dates. Emphasize experience most closely related to the kind of work you seek. Include skills used, scope of responsibilities and a description of your accomplishments. Avoid use of the personal pronoun "I" by using short phrases (not sentences). Use the past or present tense of verbs to highlight your skills and present yourself in a dynamic way. Avoid phrases such as "duties included" or "responsible for".
Special Categories (Optional) Include additional categories if some things you wish to indicate about yourself do not fit into the above categories. Possible themes are Interests, Honors, Awards, Language Skills, Computer Skills, Committees, Extra-Curricular Activities in High School, Personal Strengths, Skills, or Military Service. Feedback from employers indicates that they are seeking employees who are "well rounded".
References Do not list the names of individual references on your resume. Instead create a separate references sheet or supply written letters of reference when requested. The statement "References available upon request" is a sufficient statement to place on your resume.
How Long Should My Resume Be?
Most experts will tell you that your resume should be one page only, or two at the most. They are probably right because no one wants to read more than that. Your job is to edit, edit, edit your resume until it is a manageable, concise presentation. This does not mean that you should scrunch your resume into one page (or two) just because this is the rule. It is better to have a well-designed resume that will be reviewed by employers, even if it is longer than a crowded resume. Remember to edit critically. Keep your resume short and easy to scan.
What an Employer is Looking for on Your Resume
An employer will scan a resume to determine how your skills, education and experience relate to the position for which they are hiring. Therefore, you will want to make it clear to the employer how you fit in these categories. Employers will look for:
- Your relevant education, experience and skills
- Is your resume visually appealing and easy-to-read (concise)?
- What are your job interests?
- Do you demonstrate consistency and attention to detail? (NO spelling or grammatical errors!!)