Resume writing tips

The typical employer initially spends about 15 seconds reviewing each resume. If you want to create an outstanding resume, you need to capture the reader's attention as quickly as possible.

One key tip is to put yourself in the shoes of the reviewer and ask, “what type of person and skills do we need for this position.” The best way to answer this is to have a thorough understanding of the employer, its needs, and the responsibilities of the position.

As you’re building your resume, consider the following tips.

  • Place everything on one page
  • Keep the format simple
  • Make sure the information is recent and relevant
  • Don’t list your soft skills
  • Organize your work experience in reverse chronological order
  • Use descriptive action keywords when describing your experience
  • Include extra-curricular work, such as volunteerism
  • Avoid unnecessary vague terms, such as hard worker, team player, etc.
  • List relevant hard skills, licenses, and certifications
  • Proofread multiple times
  • Regularly update with the latest information
  • Tailor each resume for each job you’re applying

Recruiters look at hundreds of resumes to find the ones they feel give the employer the best fits for the position. They’re selecting those they believe will most successfully carry out the tasks and responsibilities for that particular position. As such, your mindset should not be to simply inform the reviewer, yet to sell and showcase your skills, experience, and accomplishments.


Suggested Format

Personal Information

  • Name Current and Permanent address; Telephone number; E-mail address


  • College/High school name; City and State; Date of graduation
  • Course Highlights (courses directly related to the job or your career field and special abilities)
  • Certificates, Awards, Scholarships

Work Experience

  • Summer jobs, Internships, Volunteer work 


  • Campus clubs/organizations, non-profit volunteerism.
  • Student projects.


Many students like to feature their skills. This is fine for some, especially if there isn't ample experience, but we recommend only including skills which the individual has mastered or achieve a level of certification. We recommend that soft skills are blended in the descriptions featured under work and extra-curricular experience.


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