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- Resume Guide
The creation and adaptation of your resume is an essential step in your search for jobs, research, graduate schools, or any other opportunities. Your resume should give readers a sense of your experiences, abilities, and qualifications, and paint a picture of who you are for potential employers.
RESUME AND CV SAMPLES BY CAREER FIELD
Under each position or experience, create 2-4 bullet points that describe your role. The number of bullets may vary depending on the substance and content of the position.
When writing bullets:
- begin with an action verb
- use active voice and avoid personal pronouns (I, me, etc.)
- use past tense verbs unless you are currently in the role
- describe the impact of what you did
- soft skills belong in the bullet points
Adjusting Your Resume
Every time you apply to a new position, modify your resume to reflect the skills and qualities sought after by the organization.
- review the position description and take note of the required skills and tasks
- customize your headings and experiences to fit the role
- include keywords and skills specific to the role
- check out the resume samples above for ideas
Drop in to the Piper Center (Tomson 270) and meet with a Peer Advisor for more help with your initial draft.
Frequently Asked Questions
How should I get started?
If you’ve never written a resume before, click here for a more detailed guide to creating your resume.
General Tips for Quality Resumes
- Use 10-12 size font
- Margins should be 0.5-1.0″ (inches)
- Do NOT use a template. They are difficult to edit and personalize
- General rule – Do not include high school material after your second year of college.
- Education should be the first section on your resume
- General rule – Soft skills belong in the bullets describing your experiences rather than in a skills section.
- Soft skills examples: communication, teamwork, adaptability, problem solving, creativity, work ethic, interpersonal skills, time management, leadership, and attention to detail.
- Ensure consistency in formatting across the document – pay careful attention to detail.
How do I make my resume stand out?
Check out this handout to learn how to write bullet points that make your accomplishments distinctive and noticeable to employers.
What's the difference between a resume and a C.V.?
A CV is longer and more detailed than a resume. Click here for more information and a sample CV.