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Creating a Resume

Find samples of résumés by freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students here.


Remember:

  • Recruiters read many résumés. Tailor the content to the position.
  • Use the writing process to explore, analyze and select significant, relevant information.
  • Design a layout that makes the content easy to read.
  • Visit the Writing Center and work with a tutor to develop a résumé.

Working through the stages of the Writing Process will lead to an effective résumé:


Discovery

  • List your professional and personal strengths.
  • Consider all experiences. List academic, intern, work, volunteer experiences and significant course/research/extracurricular projects.
  • List transferrable skills from those experiences.

Organize & Draft

  • Assume the reader's point of view
  • Select & categorize your information to highlight your strengths (Relevant Experience, Leadership).
  • Sub-titles are flexible. Use labels to reveal your capabilities (Research/Programming Languages).
  • Within each category prioritize according to significance/chronology.
  • For each entry, include your title, the firm or organization, location, dates and especially your skills, advancement, responsibilities.
  • Choose your priority for each entry. Start with firm or job title, club name or position?

Revise

  • Critique the resume from the reader's point of view.
  • Is all relevant information present?
  • Add, delete or reorganize material.

Edit Format & Style

  • Clear objective and contact information
  • Sub-titles relevant to the content
  • Easy-to-locate information
  • Specific, significant responsibilities, skills
  • Active verbs & confident tone
  • Error-free entries
  • Consistent format

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