The Career Services staff is available to help you learn the fundamentals of assembling an error-free, professionally crafted resume that accurately reflects your accomplishments, industry skills and professional work experience in order to highlight critical skills desired by prospective employers. Each term, the department sponsors workshops and other useful events to help you build your resume.
In addition, staff members are available to meet with you individually to provide expert advice on job-seeking skills such as interview etiquette and salary negotiation techniques. Utilize Career Services’ industry-specific resource materials and benchmarking information to make your job search a success.
- Length – Resume should be no longer than 1-page.
- Font – No smaller than 10-point font and stick to the basics: Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri.
- Formatting – Use consisting formatting throughout the entire document: hyphen lengths, bullets, bold, italics, and underlining; avoid using acronyms or abbreviations.
- Contact information – Only include one set of contact information and make sure you have a professional email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Personal Pronouns – Avoid these; never write I, they, them, etc.
- Verb tense – If you are still actively holding a position, all descriptions need to be in the present tense. Likewise, if you are no longer holding that position, the verb tense should be in the past.
- File Name – When sending your resume as an email attachment, name your file by your firstname_lastname.doc or pdf.
- Relevant information – It’s ok to have several versions of your resume, each version can be targeted toward each job’s specific requirements
- Knowledge – If it’s on your resume, make sure you are confident to speak to it. Remember, anything listed on the resume is fair game for an interviewer to ask about.
- Industry terms – Again, this goes back to providing relevant information; using business terminology or specific software, such as Bloomberg, FactSet, SAP, will standout to an employer and your resume most likely will be pulled when a recruiter is doing key word searches in their resume database.
- Accomplishment Statements – Any time you can quantify, show results, or how you added value will make you stand out to a potential employer.
- Proofread – Double-check spelling, grammar, formatting, and make an appointment to have your resume reviewed by UGCS. One error on your resume could lead you to be in the “no” pile.