What is a resume? A resume is a one-page document that outlines your work/volunteer/internship experience, skills, and educational background required by most job applications.
Why do I need a resume? Think of a resume as an opportunity. A resume is your chance to show off all of your great experience and skills to a potential employer. It’s also your chance to make a catalogue of all of your skills in one compact place.
What job does my resume need to accomplish? Your resume should be persuasive. You’re trying to include the best information possible to get the specific job you’re applying for. Your resume should also be concise. It should be no longer than one page and should not use wordy language or fluff. Be detailed, but brief!
How should my resume be formatted? The Golden Rule of resume design is making it easy to read. Avoid clutter and make things easy to find. Start with what’s most important and work down from there. Try to stick to one font throughout and two at the very most to keep things consistent. Your name and contact info should always appear at the top of the page.
All resumes should include contact information so that an employer can get in touch with you to offer you a job or an interview. Make sure all your contact information is current.
Include: a phone number, mailing address, Web portfolio URL (if applicable), E-mail address
You may want to establish a “work” e-mail address for yourself if your current e-mail is something like email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Try email@example.com or a similar professional-sounding address.
List information for each relevant job, internship, or volunteer experience where you have worked. Include the name of each company/organization, its location (city and state is enough), the dates you worked there, your position title, and your job responsibilities and achievements
This section should be in reverse chronological order (starting with the most recent)
You can arrange this section by either company name or by position
Computer software proficiency (Microsoft Excel, Adobe Photoshop, etc.)
Job-specific skills (copy editing and photography for a journalism job or computer languages, skills, hardware knowledge for a computer science job or CPR certification for a nursing job)
Honors and Awards
Dean’s list, department awards, scholarships, off-campus awards, contests
Keep these connected to what you’re applying for: don’t include the hot dog-eating contest you won
(unless you’re applying for a job eating hot dogs!).
Other Optional Sections
Volunteer experience and activities
Foreign travel/study abroad experience
Honors organizations membership