Career Services is here to help you with career development by providing a wealth of career resources throughout your time as a student. Our knowledgeable career counselors offer guidance and résumé advice for college students through appointments in our office, by phone or by Skype. To get you started as you develop your résumé, consider the résumé writing tips below.
Top 10 Signs of a Great Résumé
Most résumés should be one page in length.
Use bullets to make your résumé less cluttered.
Contact information should be at the top of your résumé. Include: name, local address, phone number and email.
Include an objective or summary of your qualities. An objective is a brief statement about the type of job you are seeking and your key qualifications. A summary presents your most marketable attributes for the job.
An experience section can follow your objective or summary. It allows you to match up your job experiences with the employer's needs. Include: the name of the organization, the location, the job title and the dates of employment.
List your job experiences in inverse chronological order with the most recent first. You may also include relevant skills and volunteer experience.
The education section can follow the objective/ summary or the experience section. Include: name, location, and degree of any universities attended, excellent academic performance like G.P.A or magna cum laude, and certificates or special training from a training program.
Use one font throughout your résumé. Differ font sizes and use bold and italic words to highlight various sections.
Revise your résumé several times to get rid of grammatical errors and irrelevant information.
Your goal is to clearly sell your credentials to employers.
Crafting a Perfect Cover Letter
To get past the first hurdle, a cover letter needs to be well-written.
While your résumé might be the same for all employers, your cover letter should be personalized to a specific job.
Address your cover letter to a specific person.
Let your reader know the specific position or job you are applying for.
Use examples from other jobs and experiences to highlight your skills for a particular job.
Explain how their job matches up with your skills, education and experience.
In your last paragraph, identify how you will follow up with the employer.
Similar to résumés, cover letters should be one page in length.