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1 Megan Bergeron Dan Bocchino Writing your ResumeMegan BergeronDan Bocchino
2 Getting Started Step 1: Step 2: Sit down and do a self assessment. Think of all of the things that you’ve done in the past four years (e.g. work, school, internships, extracurricular activities, etc.) Anything that you feel may be relevant to an employer or school.Step 2:Draft it up!
3 General Tips Use standard size, white or off-white paper. Use font sizeChoose one font style and stick to itPrint on one side of the paperAvoid things like Italicizing, underlining, graphics, etc.Use Action Words whenever possible
5 Personal Information Dos Don’ts This information should go at the top of your resume.Make sure you include your permanent address and telephone number.Include addressDon’tsUse nicknamesGive your website only if relates to your professional goals.
6 Objective Dos Don’ts Be specific about what it is that you want. The Objective of your resume will let the employer or school know exactly what your goals are. This is the first step in assessing whether or not you are a good candidate.DosBe specific about what it is that you want.Make sure that your objective matches what you are applying for.Don’tsGive one generic objective for every place that you apply to.Be vague
7 Education Dos Don’ts Add your most recent education experience first The Education section of your resume should include all of the college level work that you have done to date.New graduates should list this section before his or her work experience section. Alumni who have been working should list that experience first.DosAdd your most recent education experience firstInclude degree (or expected date of graduation), GPA and academic honors.Don’tsList high school education!
8 Experience/Employment DosList the most recent work experience firstGive an overview of all that you learned from the experienceList extracurricular activities (e.g. sports, clubs, etc)Give specifics of experience (e.g. position title, name of organization, location, etc)Don’tsList Hobbies or irrelevant informationDon’t add extraneous personal information (you may be a club team dodge ball champion, but they don’t want to know about it!)List TOO much experience
9 SkillsDosInclude transferable skills that you have acquired. These are especially helpful if you don’t have a lot of work experience to speak of.Don’tsEmphasize skills and or jobs that you do not want to do in the future.(even if they are some of your strong points!)
10 Your References Dos Don’ts This section will generally conclude your resume.Do these on a separate sheet of paper, they are a part of the resume process.DosInclude the phrase “References available upon request”Don’tsList the References right on the resume, this is a later part of the job search.
11 Resume Checkup When you’ve completed your resume make sure that you: Do a spell checkHave someone proofread your resume for youProofread it againHow about once moreGet outside opinions on what your resume. It’s not about what you think it looks like, it about what other people think!
12 Top Resume Mistakes Typos and grammatical errors Lack of specifics Using a “one-size-fits-all” resumeFocusing on duties as opposed to accomplishmentsToo long or too shortPoor objectiveNo action wordsLeaving off important informationToo clutteredIncorrect contact information
13 Resume Resources for You! Career Development CenterDrop your resume off today for reviewMeet with a career counselorDo it Yourself (with a little help)Microsoft WordResume WizardResume templates
14 ReferencesHansen, Katharine, Resume Preparation Do's and Don'ts, Quintessential Careers (17 March 2005)