Your resume is your first introduction to a potential employer. It should concisely convey relevant experiences, skills, accomplishments and qualifications.

Research the Employer

You would never write a major paper without conducting research, and developing a resume is no different. Identify a potential job/internship, reflect on who you are, and think about how your unique experiences and skills distinguish you as a top candidate.

Your resume should be targeted for each employer. What skills are listed in the job description? Those skills, such as “analyze” or “create,” should be worked into your resume as long as they accurately reflect your experience.

Skills Plus Impact

Don’t just create a laundry list of things you did at a past job. Start with a strong action verb that conveys skills required for the position you are pursuing. End the statement with a result or impact. How many people did you recruit? Was there a percent increase in funds raised from the prior year? These results show success in your experiences.

Don’t Forget Class Projects

Research projects, case competitions and capstone courses provide valuable skills and experiences. Highlight these experiences on your resume just as you would a job, using strong action verbs and showing results. You should also mention any specific skill set you developed, such as using SPSS to analyze data. In addition, many students particpate in study abroad opporuntities that can and should be added to your resume. To gain more information regarding how to articulate your study abroad expereince on your resume, coverletter and during an interview, see your career advisor.

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View Samples and Learn More

Review the CCES Resume Guide. [PDF]* 

*Accessible version of PDF available upon request.