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Your resume provides the first impression a potential employer will have of you.  Make it count.
Click the links below to explore resources to help you create an excellent resume.

General Tips

  1. 2-Step Process:
    1. Write and refine content.
    2. Design layout and navigation.
  2. 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.
  3. "Save As" 
    • Always save/send as pdf file.  It is universal and won't change your document on the receiving end.
    • Don't vaguely name your resume file as E.g. "Resume 2". Use your name, E.g. "Thomas_Siebenaler_Resume"
  4. Consistency.  All text should be uniform and professional.  Section headings should be identical.
  5. Avoid writing too much.  Write short and to-the-point.  Think newspaper headlines.  Use lists.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.  
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Fluff.  Generally, avoid overusing terms such as, good attendance, team-player, multitasking, etc.  Employers refer to this as "fluff", using valueable space on already assumed traits, adding no value.

SECTION NAMES

Education
Objective
Career Goal
Experience
Skills
Career History
Industry Knowledge
Awards
Personal
Achievements
Scholarships
Honors
Related Coursework
Activities
Professional Affiliations
Interests
Qualifications
Technical
Volunteer Work
Software
Community 

SAMPLE RESUME

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SECTION-BY-SECTION TIPS:

Click on each section tab below for specific advice on that section.

OBJECTIVE/SUMMARY STATEMENT:

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). 

EDUCATION:

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
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Anything showing you've done more than simply complete coursework

EXPERIENCE:

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.

SKILLS/TALENTS/ABILITIES:

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:

Financial Planning
Technology Cultured
Fluent in German
Mac & PC Fluency
SAP Proficiency
Adobe Photoshop
Leadership & Management
Strategy Development
Project Management
Marketing & Sales
Professional Writing
Spanish & German speaking
Investing
Report Production
Stock Market Investing
Public Speaking
Actuarial Knowledge
Statistics
Photography & Fine Art skills
Creativity
Interpersonal Abilities
Budgeting
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:

Entrepreneur
Persuasion
Decision-making
Teachable
Self-Motivating
Social
Accounting
Financing
Computer Literate
Purchasing
Self-Employed
Seasoned Traveler
Presenter
Bookkeeping
Data Management
Sales
Phone Skills
Negotiation
Critical Thinking
Memory/Retention
Scheduling
Budget Management
Inventing
Fundraising
Promotions
Researching Management

AFFILIATIONS/PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

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      

EXTRACURRICULAR:

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
  • Athletics
  • Religious/Spiritual
  • Robotics
  • Journalism
  • Drama
  • Competitions
  • Model Court, UN, etc.
  • Student Government

HONORS/AWARDS:

List any honors or awards you have received here.  Some might include, but are not limited to:

  • Scholarships
  • Athletics
  • Academic awards
  • Extracurricular

REFERENCES:

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:

  1. Start with a new document.
  2. Copy/paste your name/contact information from your resume.
  3. List your references below, using same information found on a typical business card.

EXAMPLE:

Pat C. Smith
3003 West Chester Lane, Denver, CO 80013
patcs@email.com        303-555-1212

 

REFERENCES

 

Reference Name One
Company Name Listed Here
Title, Office
Address 1
Address 2
City, State  Zip
Phone
Email


Reference Name Two
Company Name Listed Here
Title, Office
Address 1
Address 2
City, State  Zip
Phone
Emai
 

Reference Name Three
Company Name Listed Here
Title, Office
Address 1
Address 2
City, State  Zip
Phone
Email