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Creating a Resume

Resume Quick Tips

  • Resumes are most often skimmed in seconds—not read word for word.
  • When the job market is tight, it’s very important to customize your resumes. 
  • Your resume should contain key words and phrases relevant to the job you are seeking.
  • It’s all about relevance. Use your knowledge of the position and organization to make decisions about how you describe your experience and skills
  • Active, skills-based language is the best way to write your resume.  bullet points. Even a quick skim by a reader should give them enough to know whether they want to read more. Click HERE for a list of action verbs.
  • Go beyond duties and responsibilities. Be specific and results-oriented. If possible, quantify your accomplishments.
  • Employers are interested in what you’ve done recently. Leave out your high school education and activities unless you are a freshman looking for part-time job or internship.  
  • Your resume will need to be updated regularly to reflect new skills and experiences as you gain them.
  • For most positions, colored paper, funky fonts, and fancy graphics aren’t going to help, and in fact, may hurt your chances if the design interferes with electronic scanning. Content is key.
  • When e-mailing or uploading your resume, the best format is PDF. However, many employers will specifically request MS Word format. Follow instructions if given! In general, Word is the best program for creating and editing your resume.