Below are the different sections of content that make up a strong resume. Collect all of your content before beginning to format your resume. Be sure to keep your content brief and easy to read! Once you have gathered your resume content, check out the Skills Statements page for tips on using active words and descriptions to describe your skills and experiences.
Include all of your information: your full name, mailing address, phone number, and email address. Your name should be bolded and larger than the rest of the information. It should stand out from the rest of your resume!
- Spell out abbreviated words (e.g., Ave. = Avenue)
- Make sure your address is permanent and a place you can be reached
- Use a professional email address (e.g., don't use firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Make sure your voicemail has a professional message that leaves a favorable impression
Include any schools you have attended for one year or more, starting with the most recent. Make sure you detail what your degree and major is, which college you are in, and your expected graduation date.
- Include your GPA if above 3.0
- Spell out words! (B.A. is Bachelor of Arts)
- Can include academic awards, relevant coursework, or study abroad programs
Document all paid and unpaid experiences that relate to the job you're applying for. Include your title, the name of the company you worked for, its location, and the dates you worked there, as well as Skill Statements that explain your role.
- Place your most recent and/or relevant experiences are at the top
- Past jobs should be phrased in past tense, current jobs in present tense.
Describe any foreign language skills, computer skills, or any special certifications or licenses you hold.
- Be accurate in naming any software or programming languages
- Use words like 'conversational,' 'proficient,' and 'fluent' to describe your skill level
- Look for example resumes online in your field to see what other people list as relevant skills
Optional: Summary & Qualifications
A summary is an optional section near the top of the resume that highlights your key qualifications and skills for the position. If should be no more than 3-5 bullet points and should highlight what is to come on your resume.
Optional: Objective Statement
An objective statement is an optional statement that clearly explains what type of job you're attempting to obtain, and what organization you're attempting to get it with (or what type of organization). If you choose to include an objective statement, it should be one or two sentences long. It may also mention skills you want to use in a specific position.