Corporate resume goal is to communicate as much information as quickly as possible. You want your resume to be eye-catching as well as easy to scan. For this reason, you’ll generally create a resume with lots of shorter bullet points. They are meant to be short with one page been ideal and two pages being the max.
Limit to one page.
Use font size 12 pt. Use one, easy-to-read font such as Times New Roman, Garamond, or Calibri.
Avoid graphics, color blocks, and multiple fonts. Make sure your resume can be easily scanned.
Include your name, professional email address, and phone at the top of the page. Align at left or center.
Ensure section headings are clearly identifiable, emphasized (bold and/or all caps), and in alignment on the page
Summary: list 3-5 statements which draw attention to your key qualifications and accomplishments. Include specific computer proficiency and language skills.
Include school name, location (city, state), full degree title, and graduation date or expected graduation date.
List most recent degree first. Include the degree you are currently pursuing.
Include Minors if possible
Do not include high school information after your sophomore year.
Include GPA if 3.5 or above.
Work, Volunteer, and Internship Experience
Include company name, location (city, state), job title, dates employed (month year), and 3-5 bulleted action statements.
List in reverse chronological order (most recent experience first).
Begin each description with an action verb. Describe past experiences in past tense.
This section includes job shadowing, student teaching, and clinical roatations
Write impact statements in bulleted style, not full sentences. Do not use “I,” “me,” or “my.”
Use clear and concise phrases, not vague passive descriptions.
Focus on specific and quantifiable results of your work, significant achievements, and recognitions received. For instance, add numbers like “supervised 36 3rd graders at a summer sports camp”.
Add bullets for any recognition you received.
List skills relevant to your major.
For instance, if you are a computer science major, list your knowledge of hardware, specific software, programming languages or operational systems. If you are a communication major, list your knowledge of camera, television or recording equipment.
Other Sections (Professional Development, Leadership, Accolades/Honors)
List awards and academic honors received from an employer, organization, or school. Include date(s) received.
List extracurricular activities and volunteer work during the last four years. Include title (if any) and dates.
Include leadership positions held in student government, social organizations, academic clubs, and other activities.
Scholarships, honor societies, dean’s list, president’s list, etc can also be listed here.
Double check for grammar and spelling errors. Review for consistency.
Make sure there are no misrepresentations and you have authored an authentic resume.
Schedule an appointment with a Career Services professional for review or additional assistance.