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Resume Writing Tips

The first step to an exciting, new career is to prepare a great resume that highlights your skills, qualifications and experiences, as well as shows how you can be a valuable asset to an organization. Download a copy of our Resume Writing Tips.

In addition, a resume that puts you on the fast track to a rewarding career should include the following:

Contact Information

  • Full name
  • Permanent and school addresses
  • Phone number - Your voicemail message should be appropriate.
  • Email - Your email address should be professional (e.g., yourname@yahoo.com).

Objective or Professional Profile

  • Include the name of the position for which you are applying.
  • Emphasize how your skills and qualifications successfully relate to the position.
  • Be clear and concise.

Education

  • List your most recent educational experience first.
  • Include the name of the institution you attended and its location, as well as the degree you earned, your major/minor and graduation year.
  • List your academic awards and honors.

Internship and Work Experience

  • List your most recent internship or work experience first.
  • Include the name of the company, its location, your title and the duration of each internship or job.
  • List your responsibilities and the specific results you accomplished using action verbs.
    • For example, "Developed key training materials that helped sales representatives to increase sales by 15% over prior years."

Skills

  • Computer skills and software programs used
  • Certificates
  • Languages spoken

Associations and Activities

  • Leadership positions held
  • Volunteerism/community service
  • Clubs

Tip: Proofread your resume multiple times. You may also consider asking your friends and/or a career advisor to review your resume.