Resumes are your marketing brochure

They are designed to grab the interest of the employer, distinguish you from other candidates, and generate an interview. Just as an advertisement can't say all things to all audiences, a resume can't be so general that it is appropriate for all jobs. Its should be focused—a one minute commercial—targeted to a specific audience, your prospective employer.

General guidelines to remember

  • Have a focused objective
  • Keep it accomplishment and results oriented
  • Utilize action verbs in your text
  • Keep it to one page if possible
  • Error free—no grammar, spelling or formatting mistakes!

Content of Resumes

  • Contact information: name, address, phone number
  • Objective: a concise statement of the field or functional area you desire
  • Education: Reverse chronological order: most recent/advanced degrees first, followed in descending order by other degrees. This can include certificate programs, coursework, other training, etc.
  • Experience: Highlights experiences, work activities, and accomplishments related to the objective
  • Special Skills: such as computer software/language skills and foreign language skills
  • Professional Affiliations: especially organizations related to your objective Interests: optional, but may provide evidence of community involvement, well-roundedness, and travel experience
  • References: not necessary to include on the resume document

Make it visually appealing

  • Make it look professional: clean, succinct, easy to read, well-formatted
  • Highlight key assets and strengths
  • Use boldface and upper case appropriately
  • Use high quality print (laser) and resume paper

Sample Resumes

College of Arts and Sciences Resume (PDF)

Business School Resume (PDF)

To check out additional sample resumes, visit The Damn Good Resume, Jobweb, Jobstar.