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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:
    • Name
    • Address
    • Phone number
    • Email
  • 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
    • Hobbies
  • The following data should never be included
    • Reasons for leaving past employers
    • Photographs of yourself (unless required)
    • Salary History (unless specifically requested)

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