Resume Preparation                                                                                                                                                                                         

What is the best format or style?

I)Your resume should emphasize your strong points while expressing your uniqueness and individuality.

      i)Chronological:– Present education and work experience in reverse chronological order

      ii)Functional      :-  Your experience is explained under major skill headings, while job titles, employers, and dates are                                         listed separately.

Gather the information

I)Make a list of all categories that you wish to include on your resume

II)Put each activity, educational exp, work exp, etc under a category

III)Organize the order in which you want each to appear.

Resume Suggestions Objective

I)One or two concise, easy-to-read statements focusing on the type of position you are seeking,the skills you want to utilize, and/or the tasks in which you want to become involved.

II)Avoid cliches or jargon, such as, “To contribute to the profitability of an employer” or “A challenging position offering opportunity for growth and advancement.”

III)effective statement. If you choose not to include an objective, make sure that your cover letter is compelling.

Resume Suggestions Education

I)List degrees in reverse chronological order— most recent first. Keep the information easy to scan.

II)the job you are seeking, such as courses, special projects, a minor or area of emphasis, etc.

III)You can list Education Abroad experiences here as well.

IV)Most employers expect to see your G.P.A. (either overall, major or both).

Resume Suggestions Experience

I)Reverse chronological order is what readers expect, but if you have a mixture of experiences, you can break this into two major categories, such as RELATED EXPERIENCE and OTHER EXPERIENCE. This allows you to put the most relevant items together and move older, relevant items to the beginning.

II)Give details of your accomplishments and responsibilities rather than a general list of duties. Numbers make strong statements and can enhance credibility; these numbers can show volume, percentages, dollar amounts.

III)Include information and skills that relate to the position you are seeking.

IV)Make the format scannable and put relevant action verbs first. Use bulleted statements, not paragraphs.

V)Do not be discouraged if you have never had employment in your field. Instead, focus on your strengths, skills, and accomplishments.

Resume Suggestions Activities

I)List the most relevant activities and offices held first. Include college, community, professional, and occasionally, outstanding high school activities.

II)You can add brief explanatory details of the position and your accomplishments.

III)Include hobbies and interests only if they are relevant to the job objective or if they reveal characteristics important to the job.

IV)This section can add individuality and flavor to your resume, so you may want to include unusual or interesting items.

Resume Suggestions Honors/Awards

Optional; include only if you have several honors. If you have only one or two honors, you can include them in a combined ACTIVITIES/HONORS section.

Resume Suggestions Skills

You may want to consider a special skills section to highlight skills you have on specific computer hardware or software, foreign languages, or machinery required for performance on the job. You could also group CERTIFICATIONS in this category.

Resume Suggestions References

I)Most organizations will not expect references on your resume. But, you may want to prepare a list of references on a separate page formatted to match your resume for use when employers request references.

II)Usually, three to five references are appropriate. Consider individuals familiar with your academic achievements, leadership and teamwork skills, and/or your work habits.

Include the reference’s name, title, organization, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail

You should always seek prior approval from individuals you plan to list as references.


I)Length:-– One to two pages is usually typical for a new grad.

:-May also vary by career field

II)Type of paperI)Use Resume Paper II)White or off-white


Using Keywords in your Resume

Keywords are nouns and phrases that highlight technical and professional areas of expertise, industry-related jargon, projects, achievements, special task forces and other distinctive features about a prospect’s work history.

Analyzed Applied Arranged Assisted Conducted
Controlled Coordinated Created Earned Edited
Eliminated Enabled Fostered Generated Guided
Harnessed Managed Mastered Mediated Monitored
Prepared Presented Produced Programmed
Scheduled Screened Selected Served Surveyed
Targeted Taught Teamed with

What next?


II)Practice:-Let’s begin to gather the information

Make an appointment with Career Services to go over your resume.


I)How to avoid resume bloopers

II)How much belongs on your resume?

III)Resume Writing

IV)The four year plan

V)Resume Content