Create Your Resume

A resume is a brief, concise document that presents, and effectively sells, your most relevant and positive credentials for employment

An effective resume gives employers (or others) the information they are seeking, and gets you an interview, not a job. If there is a typo or grammatical error on your resume, you can bet it will jump off the page to an employer, and this is the fastest way to disqualify you from the candidate pool. Your resume may be the only chance you get to make an impression on a potential employer; so make it a good one!

Resume Samples:  Medical  |  IT  |  HVAC/R

Your first Resume?

Download this form and fill int the names and dates of schools attended, dates and responsibilities of jobs held, and list all your skills.  Bring this with you to our next resume workshop to turn it into a strong marketing tool for your job search!

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Resume Content

Be Factual
In many companies, inaccurate information on a resume or other application will be grounds for dismissal as soon as the inaccuracy is discovered. Protect yourself.

Be Positive
You are selling your skills and accomplishments in your resume. If you achieved something, say so, and put it in the best possible light. Don't hold back or be modest – no one else will. At the same time, however, don't exaggerate to the point of misrepresentation.

Be Brief
Include the relevant and important accomplishments in as few words as possible. A vigorous, concise resume will be examined more carefully than a long-winded one.

Emphasize Relevant Experience
Highlight continued experience in a particular type of function or continued interest in a particular industry. De-emphasize any irrelevant positions.

Stress Your Results
Elaborate on how you contributed to your past employers. Did you increase sales, reduce cost, improve a product, or implement a new program? Were you promoted?

And Please…
Always remember to use Action Verbs!

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Resume Mistakes

Mistake: Using really small fonts

Correct: Employers are typically reading many resumes, and are taking less than half a minute to read one. Really small fonts are hard to read and don't photocopy as well. (That applies to your address block as well.) What's too small? Generally don't go smaller than a 10 point, but notice that all font styles aren't sized equally. For example, a 10 point Arial font is smaller than a 10 point Antique Olive.

Mistake: Really wide margins with the resume content squeezed in the middle.

Correct: Your margins should be at least one half inch. You really don't need more than one inch. Lots of students ask if their resumes have "enough white space." An employer isn't reading white space. Employers are reading your content, and you want it to be easy to see.

Mistake: Long wordy descriptions in your objective and elsewhere.

Correct: You don't need complete sentences in your resume. Concise, understandable phrases are sufficient. Look at the examples in resume formats and samples. Ask for our advice.

Mistake: Typos.

Correct: You have one chance to make a first impression. In many cases, your resume, or your resume plus a cover letter, are the only things an employer has to base an impression of you. The resume is a critical document for presenting yourself. The view is that if you would make a mistake on your resume, you'll probably make a lot more mistakes on the job. It's easy to miss your own typos. Use spellcheck, but remember it won't catch every error. Frightening example: If you leave the first "l" out of "public relations," spellcheck is not going to let you know. Get the idea? Ask friends to proofread.

Mistake: Using too complicated a format and/or getting too creative.

Correct: The employer typically spends about 15 to 30 seconds reading your resume. Keep the layout simple and clean (like the examples in resume formats and samples). Avoid too many layers of indentation. Stick with one font size for the document; only make your name larger. Don't mix font types.

Mistake: Using a unique, creative layout or style to stand out from the crowd.

Correct: The best way to stand out from the crowd is with high quality content and a clearly written, neat, error-free document. Employers are looking for content, not fancy or dangerously creative layout. Don't stand out for the wrong reason.

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