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A professional resume is a necessity today for any individual seeking employment.  The resume is one of the initial steps in your job search.  It is a valuable investment; therefore, you must be willing to spend time to develop a resume that will be a key selling tool for you.

Formats

Choice of format depends on your personal preference, career goals and past experience.  The two main formats with many variations include:

pen and portfolioChronological
  • The most commonly used format, but sometimes not always the most effective for new college graduates and career changers.
  • A listing of information presented in reverse order of occurrence and demonstrates a steady employment/education history by dates.
  • Works very well for those moving upward in a career area.
Functional
  • Emphasizes capabilities, skill levels and accomplishments rather than job titles or time spent at various jobs.
  • Very effective for those who have limited work experience and want to emphasize skills, those who are changing careers, those re-entering after an absence from the job market or emphasizing a different aspect of your career.
  • Do include an employment section after listing your skills and accomplishments.

Categories

   
Mandatory Categories Optional Categories

Contact Information
Objective
Education
Experience

Personal Skills
Special Skills
Professional Trainings
Honors and Awards
Activities
Memberships

 

Resume Check

  • Has it been critiqued by a staff member in Career Services?
  • Does it fit on one page - maximum two pages?
  • Is it correct - no typos or grammatical errors?
  • Is it easy to read?
  • Is the writing style clear and concise?
  • Is important information easy to find?
  • Is it reproduced on a good grade of bond paper?
    -Preferably resume paper-24lb, watermarked, 100% cotton.
  • Is it copied by a high-quality photocopier or laser printer?

Cover Letters

The cover letter introduces your resume.  If well written, a cover letter will get the employer’s attention and motivate him/her to carefully read your resume.

Always include a cover letter with your resume, unless you are distributing it at a Career Day/Job Fair.  Whenever possible, distribute your cover letter and resume in person.  This allows you to make personal contacts.

Cover Letter Guidelines/Example (pdf)

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