A resume serves as an introduction to potential employers, and as a personal marketing tool for you as an applicant. An effective resume captures the attention of the reader and clearly communicates your experiences, skills, and achievements related to the role. Resumes vary widely by field and industry; however, a few key common rules apply:
- Place the most relevant and compelling information on the first two-thirds of the page (e.g. education)
- Tailor your resume to every position description, perhaps from one "master resume"
- Match employers' expectations and include only your most relevant experience, skills, and achievements
- Consider all types of experience: coursework, volunteering, research, internships, leadership, and work (part-time and full-time) experience