An effective resume provides a comprehensive summary of your qualifications and career aspirations. Your resume often serves as an employer’s first impression of you.
The information on your resume must be carefully written and organized to make a good impression and attract employer interest. It must be eye-catching and honest, clear and concise, and interesting to read.
To begin, gather all of the information about your academic preparation (e.g., courses, study abroad, certifications, research projects), experience (paid and volunteer), and co-curricular involvement (college and community). In gathering this information, pay particular attention to dates, titles, responsibilities, and accomplishments. After you have collected everything, choose the most relevant information and format.
For additional information on writing a resume targeted to specific types of majors or careers, reference the many books on resume writing shelved in the Career Center Library (318C Math Sciences Building) and then have your resume critiqued by a Career Center professional.
Your resume is a snapshot of your preparation and accomplishments throughout your educational and professional career. The words and style you use represent you. Human resource representatives or other hiring professionals who view your resume will judge you on the content and appearance of your resume. Prospective employers will base their decisions to interview you on your one-or two-page professional summary. Remember, the time you invest perfecting your resume will pay huge dividends throughout your job search.
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