Creating a resume is something that nearly every job seeker will need to do.  A resume is not only a snapshot of your qualifications, it is a marketing tool that is intended to help you market yourself to potential employers and move you to the next step in the hiring process, usually the interview.  Resumes need to be clear and concise and convey why you are the right candidate for the job.  The Office of Career Services is available to assist you in creating a resume or reviewing your current resume to offer tips for improvement.  Contact us today to set up an appointment.

Tips: 

  • There is no “I” in resume.  Resumes are written in the first person but make sure to omit pronouns.
  • Watch your verb tense.  Use past tense for prior jobs and present tense for current jobs.
  • Keep it simple.  Regardless of the resume type you choose, you should aim for one page but definitely no more than two.
  • References should never be included on a resume.  You also do not need to include “References available on request”.  Employers will request them if they want them regardless.
  • Use basic formatting with easy to read fonts and stay between 10 and 12 pt. (your name can be larger).
  • Review your resume.  Have someone else review it too.  A spelling or grammatical error can be the kiss of death.  Running spellcheck is not sufficient.
  • Have gaps in work history?  Try not including months on dates of employment.  This may make the gaps appear smaller or disappear altogether. 
  • Still have gaps in work history?  Try explaining them. 
    • 2014-2016 – Full time student
    • 2013 – Taking care of sick relative
    • 2014 – Backpacking through Singapore

Online Resources

The Federal Resume Guide (What you should know when applying for a federal career)

Hloom offers free resume templates

Job Hero gives resume samples searchable by job title

Learnhowtobecome.org has great information on how resumes have changed over the years

Resume Workshop (Tips on how to write a great resume)

Uptowork charges for resume services but you can check out their blogs for free detailed tips on resume writing, optimizing your LinkedIn profile, and building military to civilian resumes among other topics