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- 2-Step Process:
- Write and refine content.
- Design layout and navigation.
- Avoid empty white space. It makes your resume appear incomplete and lacking in areas.
- Utilize entire line length, don’t create unnecessary line breaks, resulting in empty space.
- "Save As"
- Always send (email) as pdf file. It is universal and won't change your document on the receiving end.
- Send test emails to your other email accounts (Eg. gmail, yahoo, etc.) on other computers (Mac, PC) to be sure your resume opens correctly.
- Name Game. Don't vaguely name your resume file as E.g. "Resume 2". Use your name, E.g. "Thomas_Siebenaler_Resume"
- Consistency. All text should be uniform, with matching alignment and professional.
- Title Twins. Section headings should be identical and match formatting exactly.
- Avoid writing too much. Write short and to-the-point. Think newspaper headlines. Use lists, get to the point quick.
- Contact. Don't write "Phone" and "Email" in your contact info., it's redundant. (Unless specifying between home and cell phones)
- Dates. All should be formatted and listed identically. Dashes should match exactly (E.g. dash vs. Em dash, etc.)
- Phone Format. Use this format only: (419) 372-4081
- Location Lock? To advertise your mobility, you can add a statement to your contact info. at top such as: "Willing/able to relocate anywhere in United States."
- GPA: Unless otherwise requested, only list your GPA if it is = or > 3.0. Not sure what your current GPA is? Click here to use BGSU's GPA calculator.
- Multiple pages. It’s OK to have more than one page for your resume, but if you do, the subsequent pages should be at least 1/2 a page (not partial or 1 or 2 lines) and must not repeat any information. (It's best to have all full pages if possible)
- This is a test. Your resume serves as a writing example, showcasing how you organize and interpret information and how effectively you communicate.
- Proofread everything and don’t trust spellcheck.
- Don’t limit yourself by telling an employer how much you feel you know about a certain program, skill, etc. (“Limited knowledge”, “Some experience with…”) They could misinterprit your skill level.
- Fluff. Generally, avoid overusing terms such as, good attendance, team-player, multitasking, etc. Employers refer to this as "fluff", adding no value. (Use our SKILLS listed on this page)
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This is an optional section of your resume and should tell the person reading your resume why they are reading it. It should be a very specific career statement, nothing more (one sentence). Some employers feel this is necessary, others do not. You need to make a personal decision whether you wish to include this. If it does not add any real value to your resume, leave it off, it will detract from your resume more than add to it.
VERY IMPORTANT: If you’re searching for an internship or co-op, don’t include only that you are searching for “co-ops” and/or “internships”. A job that can count for these does not have to be named a “co-op”, etc. to be approved. As long as you are hired for a job that meets the requirements, you’re good to go. You should state you are searching for a “position” (keep it simple, not too much at first).
In addition to the “general” information (Name of school, location, major, etc.) be sure to include:
- Activities participated in
- Honors received
- Groups involved with
- Events/Workshops attended
- Anything showing you've done more than
simply complete coursework
When listing previous experience(s) (formal or informal) the most important details are describing your job duties, what skills you obtained on the job. These tell the employer what talents, skills, and abilities you have that can now be used for their advantage.
At present, you may have too little listed under your positions, describing the tasks you completed in that position. Don't sell yourself short. Even if you do not think it is relevant or important, any piece of information you write on your resume can act as a catalyst for that employer to notice you. The more you leave off, the greater you increase your chances of not making a connection with that employer.
This section can be used as a utility section, meaning a place to
highlight yourself and the skills you have acquired throughout your
life. These skills can include those learned in the classroom or from
previous jobs you have had. They might also include a skill you’ve
taught yourself, something you’ve learned from your grandfather,
mother, father, brother, friend, etc.
Delete terms like, "Great leadership skills" and "Positive attitude". This is referred to by employers as "fluff", meaning the listing of skills that you are already assumed to have and that most everyone puts on their resume, adding no real value.
You may also list skills acquired through community service, religious activities, volunteering, activism, etc. Do not leave something off this list because you feel it does not apply to the position you are applying for, employers look for multi-talented candidates.
EXAMPLE SKILLS LIST #1:
Fluent in German
Mac & PC Fluency
Leadership & Management
Marketing & Sales
Spanish & German speaking
Stock Market Investing
Photography & Fine Art skills
Data & Analytics
Small engine repair
Piano composition and performance
Don’t limit writing how much you feel you know about certain skills, using terms like: “Limited knowledge of” or “Some experience with”. The employer determines level of knowledge. If you try, you could under- or oversell your skills. Keep it simple, list your skills in basic, general terms.
EXAMPLE SKILLS LIST #2:
This section is where you could list organizations, groups, professional development networks, etc. where a connection might be made with an employer. Some examples include:
- American Marketing Association (AMA)
- International Business Association (IBA)
- Habitat for Humanity
- American Society of Women Accountants (ASWA)
- Beta Alpha Psi
- Business Professionals of America (BPA)
- Church affiliations and leadership
- Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO)
- BGSU Student Organizations
- The American Finance Association (AFA)
- Boy Scouts of America
- The Graphic Professionals Resource Network
- American Red Cross
- Volunteer organizations
This section can be used to list experiences, activities, or skill-sets that don't quite fit in other categories. Some might include, but are not limited to:
- Theater, Music & Arts
- Model Court, UN, etc.
- Student Government
List any honors or awards you have received here. Some might include, but are not limited to:
- Academic awards
List your references on a separate document, not on your resume.
Use the space on your resume to list your attributes and skills, not
your references. Your references should be given to an employer only
after they have expressed an initial interest, not before. Listing 3
references is typical, however, be sure to provide the employer the
exact number they request.
REFERENCE PAGE FORMAT:
- Start with a new document.
- Copy/paste your name/contact information from your resume.
- List your
references below, using same information found on a typical business
Pat C. Smith
3003 West Chester Lane, Denver, CO 80013
Reference Name One
Company Name Listed Here
City, State Zip
Reference Name Two
Company Name Listed Here
City, State Zip
Reference Name Three
Company Name Listed Here
City, State Zip