Resume Preparation Tips

When preparing your resume, make sure it’s SHARP:

Succinct: The writing in your resume should be concise, succinct, and to the point. Use proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation in your writing.

Honest: You resume needs to be factually accurate, including dates of employment, education completed, job titles, and skills possessed.

Attractive: Your resume should be visually appealing to the eye. Make sure it is neat, organized, and consistent. Ensure you use enough “white space” by setting your margins at .5" or greater and providing ample space between sections.

Right: A resume should reflect who you are and your professional experiences. This does not mean it should be laden with unnecessary graphics or inappropriate personal information; it means you should feel comfortable using it to represent yourself as a candidate.

Pertinent: Your resume and the way it is organized should be relevant to the position. For example, you may need to make adjustments to your resume when applying for a position as an accountant versus a position as a project manager.

Components of a Resume

In preparing your resume, include the components listed below.

Name and address

· Include home address; do not list work

· Include email address

· Include home and cellular phone number

Career Objective

· This is an optional component to your resume

· One or two sentences

· Target your desired job or field of employment

· Be careful—this statement can be limiting

· Make sure you do not over generalize

· Avoid phrases such as “challenging, rewarding career.” All employers would hope that someone wants a challenging and rewarding career!

· Example: "A position in the advertising field utilizing my communication skills."


· List degree, institution, location, and date of completion

· Include minor, certificates, certifications, skill-based training, etc.

· Do not include high school

Related Work Experience

· Cite position title, organization, dates, location

· Give a brief description of primary responsibilities

· Use action verbs in your description; quantify where possible

· Stress accomplishments and related skills

· If professional experiences are more than 15 years old, just list title, organization, dates, location; do not include description

Professional Activities/Associations

· College- or community-related activities

· Include positions held

· Describe your accomplishments and honors

· List presentations, publications, papers, etc.