A resume is a brief document that summarizes your education, employment history and experiences that are relevant to the particular job that you are applying for. The purpose of a resume is to inspire the employer to call you for an interview.
What are some resume basics?
- Keep resume between one and two pages only
- Write a targeted resume with relevant experiences
- One half an inch margin all around
- Don’t use a template they can be restrictive
- Have bullet points that demonstrate your skills
- Make sure bullet points include keywords/skills that the employer has identified in the job description
- Consistency, uniformity, professional
- No spelling/grammar or punctuation errors
What sections should I include in my resume?
- Contact Information
- *Summary (Only applicable for career changers, those seeking non-traditional opportunities or established professionals) One brief, concise statement summarizing your experience and how that relates to what you want to do
- Education (undergraduate and graduate)
- Skills (computer and foreign language proficiency)
- Licensures or Certifications or Trainings
- Experience (e.g. Clinical Experience, Relevant Experience, etc.)
- Other optional headings: Leadership Experience, Community/Volunteer Experience, Other Work Experience
What should my bullet points include/not include?
- Bullet points should begin with an action verb (use correct tense)
- Bullet points should not be in first person (e.g., no “I,” “my” or “we”)
- There should be a minimum of three bullets points with a maximum of five
- Ending bullet points with a period is optional; be consistent
- Bullet points should quantify your skills and accomplishments