Tips for Building a Résumé
Find a résumé design to use.
- Refer to the minimum requirements checklist on the next page.
- To apply for jobs/internships on BGSU’s Handshake system, please upload your résumé first.
- All résumés are subject to review and approval by Career Design Coach. For a résumé to be approved, it must meet the minimum requirements listed on the checklist.
- Once a résumé is approved, a student may start applying for jobs/internships in Handshake.
- A student’s Handshake account is activated no later than the start of the fall semester.
The following minimum requirements must be met for a resume to be approved.
Layout and format
- Name font size is minimum 18 andmaximum 24
- Body text font size is minimum 10 and maximum 12
- Margins are minimum .5 inch and maximum 1 inch
- Font is easy to read
- Headings, fonts, bullets, margins, and subheadings are consistent
- Header with name and page number is on subsequent pages
- Content fills at least half of last page
- Free of spelling and grammatical errors
- No use of personal pronouns or acronyms
- Resume design is consistent with professional practice
- White space is effectively used for visual appeal
- Cover letter and resume layout and format are consistent
- References listed on a separate document
- Contact information is located at top of first page
- First and last name is included in heading
- Full address is listed in heading
- Preferred phone number is included in heading
- Professional email is listed in heading
- Highest or most recent degree is first
- Full name is listed for college or university
- City and state is listed for college or university
- Official name of degree is listed
- Licensure, minor, or specialization is listed below degree
- Graduation date includes month and year
- Experience is listed in reverse chronological order
- Full name is listed for each company
- City and state is listed for each company
- Full position title is listed for each position
- Starting and ending dates for each position are listed, including month and year
- Current position(s) have an ending date as “Present”
- Action verbs are used at the beginning of each bullet
- Bullet points describe key accomplishments, emphasize transferable skills, and quantify results
- Verb tenses are consistent with time frame of employment
Updated: 06/12/2023 02:41PM