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  • Getting Started

    • Create a list of all your past and present jobs and accomplishments. (For help, see our Pre-Resume worksheet).
    • Write about what you did in each list item
    • Research job descriptions and pick out key skills & qualifications to highlight in your resume
    • Get familiar with the resume standards in your field

    Listing Your Experience

    Here are some sample sections you can include in your resume. Once you have created a list of your experiences, you can begin to group them under categories. For a visual, see one of our resume samples.

    • Heading Include Name, mailing address (current and permanent, if needed), and an appropriate email address. Make sure your name stands out at the top of the page.
    • Education Spell out your degree (Bachelor of Arts in …), include graduation year (or expected month and year), any minors, study abroad programs, and GPA. Listing High School information is optional, but not encouraged in your Junior/Senior year.
    • Relevant Experience Include full-time, part-time, volunteer, internship and/or leadership roles. Think about which skills and experiences are most relevant to the job and list here.
    • Additional Experience Can include summer jobs, work study, student leadership roles, etc. Even if these experiences are not as relevant to the job for which you are applying, employers want to know you have a well-rounded skill set, such as customer service or teamwork.
    • Activities List leadership experiences, membership in clubs, community service, or other involvement. This section does not need descriptions, but do include dates involved.
    • Optional Sections
      • Honors & Awards List scholarships, dean's list, "Work Study Student of the Month"
      • Presentations/ Publications Demonstrates research and public speaking skills
      • Skills Can be grouped by "Language Skills," "Technical" or "Computer Skills" as a few examples

    Writing Accomplishment Statements

    The purpose of accomplishment statements is to indicate the skills, knowledge, and experiences you have had in the past. The key is to describe your experience in a way that allows employers to see you as a good match for the position.

    • Avoid simply listing duties at a previous job, and instead make it very clear to the employer what transferable skills you have to offer
    • Start your descriptions with an action verb that identifies the type of skill you used in the job. View our list of Action Verbs.
    • Think about your responsibilities in the past and decide which are most relevant to the desired position
    • For each experience highlighted on your resume, list accomplishment statements describing your relevant skills and accomplishments

    Examples

    Instead of "Sold clothes", "Produced $1000 in daily sales by providing prompt and friendly service to patrons".

    Instead of "Responsible for campers", "Created a positive, safe environment by planning and coordinating activities and field trips for 30 children, ages 6-12"

    Keys to writing bullet points

    • Organize bullets with the most important information first
    • Begin bullet points with verbs & be consistent with tense
    • Stress results, skills and accomplishments rather than duties performed
    • Include numbers, percentages and awards

    References

    • Don't include your references on your resume, don't write "References Available Upon Request"
    • Have a separate page for your references, use the same heading that appears on your resume
    • List 3-5 Professional References (professor, supervisor, advisor, coach, etc) NO Family members
    • Provide contact information: Name, Title, Organization, Address, Phone, Email

    Example

    Betsy Ross
    Assistant Professor
    American Sewing Institute
    741976 Fireworks Way
    Seattle, WA 98118
    (206) 555-5555
    BRoss@asi.edu

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