Although we strive to always be positive, we'll start our resume-writing tips with a quick list of what NOT to do with your resume. Behold, 10 common resume mistakes:
So, what is the best way to stand out among hundreds of other resumes? Keep your resume to one page, use short phrases rather than complete sentences and paragraphs, and be specific. The following information should be included in your resume. We've also provided sample resumes for you to consider. Also remember you never need an appointment to walk in and ask for resume help in the Career Services Office.
Heading Let employers know how to reach you. Include your full name, complete mailing address, phone number and e-mail address. Job Objective Explain what kind of career you are looking for in one short phrase. Education They need to know your degree(s), discipline, date of graduation, GPA (if 2.9 or better) and name and location of college(s). Skills List all your skills that could relate to the job you're seeking, including any pertinent accomplishments with those skills such as awards or internships. Experience Include your work and project experience, detailing your duties as well as any specific accomplishments. Honors & Activities Employers want to know you're a well-rounded person who can relate to others. Include both academic and other honors and activities.
References These may be provided on a separate page if your resume has already filled a page. Provide three or four references, with a combination of employers and professors who are familiar with your work habits.
It's possible that your prospective employer will request a scannable resume. This means that it will be read with an optical character recognition (OCR) scanner and stored as a text image. Then when a position becomes available, the employer does a keyword search to find stored resumes that fit the bill. Here are tips to make sure your resume is selected:
Remember those English teachers who didn't want you to be passive? Here's one reason why! Your resume should include active verbs so you can accentuate the positive outcomes of all your activities and accomplishments. Here are some suggested words to make your resume more interesting and meaningful.
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