Your résumé summarizes your skills, education, and experience relevant to the position you are seeking. Its job is to demonstrate to a potential employer that you are qualified for the position—and to convince them that you should be called in for an interview.
What You Should Include
- Your education: List your degree(s), concentration(s), GPA (if above 3.0), and any activities related to the position.
- Related experience: Tailor your résumé so it highlights your experience that’s relevant to the job posting.
- Related skills: For example, list finance software that you have used if the job calls for you to work with numbers.
- Other relevant information: Some possible additional sections could include a summary of your qualifications, leadership or volunteer experience, and any related academic projects.
How You Should Format Your Résumé
- Limit your résumé to one page.
- Use bold/italics/underline sparingly so what you do highlight has more impact.
- Start with your most recent experience and work backward.
- Use an easily read font style/size such as Times New Roman (no smaller than 11 pt.) or Arial (no smaller than 10 pt.).
- Use your white space effectively—left and right margins should be no smaller than 0.7; top and bottom margins should be no smaller than 0.5.
- Put your most relevant skills and experience at the top where a potential employer will look first.
- Include achievements and measurable outcomes.
- Start each bullet with an action verb (i.e., analyzed, forecasted, budgeted).
- Be concise and focused—make sure every word on your résumé counts.
- Critique your résumé for style, impact, and spelling.
- Consider including a link to your professional online profiles (i.e., LinkedIn, blogs, website)
- Don’t forget to ensure your résumé speak to the specific qualifications listed in the job posting.
- Don’t have spelling or grammar mistakes.
- Don’t use phrases such as “responsible for” or “my duties included.”
- Don’t use personal pronouns such as “I” “my” “me.”
- Don’t include personal information like marital status, ethnicity, or photos.