One of the most important parts of career planning is developing a professional résumé. The Career Services office can help build a résumé from the ground up or fine-tune one to be the best it can be. Use the resources and information below to develop your résumé.
A résumé is a descriptive summary of your background, concisely written and presented attractively. It should clearly communicate a sense of purpose and professionalism, and focus on your strongest points. Your strengths and abilities are what "sell" you.
A résumé works effectively in one or two pages and should be accompanied by a cover letter. It never contains negative information or weaknesses. The primary purpose of the résumé is to obtain an interview.
Keep in mind that a human being may never read your résumé; it might be scanned into a computer database, or you might post it on a career website. There are slight variations in writing style required for each situation. You may want to call the organization to determine which type of resumé to send.
Attractive and easy to read - Use capital letters, bullets, underlining, highlighting, appropriate margins, and spacing. Be careful with these additives if writing scannable or electronic résumés. Use block form with plenty of white space. Print on neutral-color paper: ivory, white, or light gray bond/résumé paper. Use white paper if it will be scanned.
Concise - Résumés are typically one page for new or recent college graduates. Write in phrases, not full sentences.
Free of errors - Make sure your resumé is free of spelling, grammatical, and typographical errors.
Include a cover letter.Send a cover letter with every résumé. When mailing, print the letter on the same paper.