Writing an Effective Resume
It's a necessary evil. You need to have a resume. And a good one. Your resume is your first foot forward in a job search and it's possible to convey a great
message about yourself using the resume.
Guidelines for Writing Your Resume
- Communicate your worth to potential employers in a concrete manner citing examples whenever possible.
- Be concise and direct, use of verbs will indicate you are a doer. Complete sentences are not necessary.
- Do not skimp on quality or resort to gimmicks. Spare no expense in presenting a professional resume.
- Have someone critique your resume before it goes out. One embarrassing typo can eliminate you from the applicant pool.
- Customize your resume for specific employers. Amplify your strengths as they pertain to your targeted position.
Assembling the Proper Records
- Transcripts detailing total credits and courses taken will be required. Class ranking data is helpful as well.
- Employment records specifying the following: Employer's name, address, and phone number, Name of supervisor or department head
- Specific duties and responsibilities including skills used and developed
- Accomplishments and honors
- Period of employment including exact dates
- Salary and benefits history
- Documents regarding any volunteer/civic activities
Information to Include in Your Resume
- The following data are mandatory:
- Phone number
- Relevant educational history (grades, activities, etc.)
- Relevant work history
- Academic awards and honors
- Memberships in organizations
- The following data are optional:
- Career Objectives
- Summary of Qualifications
- Personal Data
- The following data should never be included
- Reasons for leaving past employers
- Photographs of yourself (unless required)
- Salary History (unless specifically requested)