Along with the cover letter, the resume is the first document that a prospective employer or graduate program typically sees. Accordingly, the resume you submit should contain information which summarizes your different experiences, activities, and interests efficiently and effectively.
As always, it is important to receive input on your resume. At any point in the process, you should feel free to set up an appointment online with a counselor, who can help you begin the process of writing the resume or provide suggestions and revisions to a draft. If you want to get a jump start on your own, you can use the Resume Builder in Symplicity, which can be found under resources. Instructions for using the Resume Builder can be found here.
You can download the Resume Writing Guide in Adobe PDF Format.
Begin your resume with identifying information: your name, address, phone number, and email address. You might include both your campus and home contact information if you are a current student. If you wish to include your LinkedIn URL, or a link to your own website or portfolio, make sure it contains only professional information and images for a positive first impression.
8 Sherigen Avenue
c/o The Levins ● 1567 Cherry Road ● Centerburg, Ohio 43211
Phone: (740) 421-9812 ● E-mail: email@example.com
If you plan to have an objective, keep it brief -- preferably one or two lines. Include the following information: the position you are applying for and possibly something about the setting you would like to work in and the skills you posses. If you are interested in several kinds of work, you can either have two (or more) different resumes, each with a specific objective, or omit the objective from your resume, stating in your cover letter the type of employment you are seeking.
"Opportunity in public relations applying skills in writing, editing, layout, graphics, and web maintenance."
"Position with a publishing firm focusing on technical publications."
"Assistant or associate position with a creative-focused consulting firm that would benefit from excellent research, leadership, and problem-solving experience."
This section should include the name of the college/university, location (city and state), your degree and major(s), and when it was earned or is expected (month and year). Other optional information may include: minors, concentrations, GPA, relevant coursework, honors/awards/scholarships, off-campus study information, etc.
Generally, it is not necessary to list your high school diploma under the education category. Exceptions may be for individuals who attended a private school and are seeking a teaching position in the same environment or underclass students seeking summer jobs/internships. In this case, list your education institutions in reverse chronological order. Thus, Kenyon will be listed first.
Kenyon College, Gambier OH. Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Economics, May 2007.
Courses include Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Statistics and Calculus. Awarded an Honors Scholarship. 3.15/4.00 Cumulative GPA.
|May 2013||KENYON COLLEGE||Gambier, OH|
|Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. GPA: 3.06/4.00
Additional coursework includes Economics, Classics, History, and Art History.
|January - May 2012||TEMPLE UNIVERSITY JAPAN||Tokyo, Japan|
|College of Arts and Science. Courses include Mathematics, Technical Writing for Business and Industries, Political Science, English, Spanish, and Women's Studies|
This section should highlight key aspects of your experiences, describing the tasks you completed and showcasing any accomplishments you achieved. Start with your most recent and work backwards. This category could include summer jobs, internships, on-campus jobs, volunteer work, related class projects, etc.
You will want to include the name of the organization, location (city and state), dates of involvement, your title, and two or three phrases describing what you did. Start each phrase with an action verb (see resume action verb list on page 4 of the Resume Guide). Avoid using personal pronouns, such as “I,” “me,” or “my.”
If you have several experiences related to the position you are seeking, you could create a more tailored category heading. For example, your category heading for a teaching position could be Teaching Experience or Youth-Related Experience.
|Law Project Assistant, Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz, Philadelphia, PA, Summer 2011|
|Consultant, Horeshoes Unlimited, Gill, MA, 2010-Present|
|Sept. 2012 -May 2013||APPRENTICE TEACHER OF JAPANESE
Kenyon College. Created study materials to assist students in learning Japanese. Taught language and shared Japanese culture. Substituted for other Japanese TA. Enhanced presentation skills.
|June - August 2011||SALES ASSISTANT
Crestar International, Inc. Responded to initial contact of potential customers. Provided information regarding international telecommunications services. Enhanced sales skills.
Keep this section simple. State the name of the organization, positions held, your accomplishments and time frame. If some of your activities were substantive and relate to your occupational goals, you might move them to your "Experience" section and include descriptions of accomplishments.
CAMPUS ACTIVITIES AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
|Student Advocate, Kenyon Sexual Harassment Advisory Council||
2012 - present
|Intern, Kenyon Career Development Center||
2011 - 2013
|Advisor, Law and Society Concentration Committee||
2011 - present
|Liaison, The Philadelphia Center||
2010 - 2012
Almost anything can be treated as a special category on a resume. Presenting information under its own heading is good way of highlighting it. Examples of possible categories are: Computer Skills, Languages, Leadership and Initiative, and Awards and Honors.
Varsity Baseball, Outfield. 2009-present. 4 year letterman. Help lead team through hustle, versatility, work ethic and defense.
Delta Kappa Epsilon, 2011-present. Hosted Shawn Kelley Memorial Christmas Party for Head-Start. Educated pledges about this historical fraternity.
Do not indicate references on your résumé. However, you will want to have them available. List the name, title, organization, address, phone number, and email address of your references in a separate document. Be sure you have obtained their consent to release their information.
Organizations that receive thousands of resumes may scan resumes into a computer system. Then, they will search these resumes using "key words" much like you may use a search engine such as Google or Yahoo. If you pay attention to the content and presentation of your resume, you may increase the chances that your resume will appear in such a search.
Content - computers will often look for keywords that relate to the job. For example, a consulting firm with operations in Mexico City may seek a person who has taken Economics and Psychology courses and has experience with the Excel and Microsoft Word programs and is fluent in Spanish. If these "key words" are on the resume, it is more likely that the applicant will be considered. However, the computer also has to be able to read the resume.
Presentation - The computer can best "read" resumes that are printed on light-colored paper (not bright colors, stone-colored papers, or papers with different-colored flecks), with standard typefaces (serif or san-serif type fonts such as the one used in this document), and font sizes between 10 and 14 points Also, you should avoid fancy graphics, italics, shadowing and minimize underlining. In addition, even if your resume is not scanned, it may be photo-copied for distribution to other members on the search committee or even faxed to another office in, say, Mexico City. So, that is yet another reason to send a clear, clean copy to the employer.
Always have copies of your resume on hand... ...in hard-copy and virtual forms. You never know when a potential employer will ask you for a resume. It is best to keep a copy of your resume in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format (.rtf) on your H: drive and in floppy disk format. Many organizations will also allow you to "upload" your resume onto their website. In some instances, this might require submission of a plain-text resume, with no columns, bold, other common formatting features. For assistance when doing this, contact the Career Development Office.
Proofread: Have at least two other people PROOFREAD your resume. CDO Advisors will also be happy to review your resume.
Length: Most resumes at this stage should be one page. Keeping this length helps you decide what experiences are most important to the employer and increases the chances that the whole resume will be read.
Paper: Use high quality bond paper with a cotton content in colors such as White, Ivory or Light Gray. Paper can be purchased at Printing Services (behind the Post Office) or the Bookstore. Avoid dark colors because it is very likely that your resume may be photocopied, faxed and/or scanned into a computer system. (See our section on making your resume "technology-friendly"). Literally, only send first impressions -- original copies, of your resume.
Printer: Always use Laser or Letter-Quality printing for resumes. Printing Services has resume paper and can print copies for you.