Getting Started - Creating a
Creating a resume is a very important step in getting
started. You never know when someone may ask you
for it. When creating a resume always keep in mind
this is most likely the first information someone
is going to see about you. Your resume is a very
important marketing tool. Remember, you are marketing
yourself. If you do not sell yourself, no one else
is going too!
- Your resume must be clean, clear, and concise.
- It must be error free.
- Potential employers look to see if you pay attention
- Keep your format consistent.
Use the Sample Resume
Outline to get an idea of the order and components
of a resume.
Refer to the Action
Words sheet (pdf) for good, strong, descriptive
words to describe your responsibilities and experiences.
Remember you must market yourself and let the employer
see your qualifications.
Once you think your resume is finished have multiple
people review it. Career Services would be happy
to provide you with feedback. The more people that
review it, the more chances you have to find all
of the errors. It must be error free!
After several people have reviewed it and it is
perfect, now it is time to print your resume. You
need to purchase good quality resume paper. Appropriate
colors would include: ivory, white, off-white or
gray. Always use quality paper for your resume, cover
letter and reference sheet. This paper may contain
a watermark. A watermark is the marking on a sheet
of paper that is visible when held up to the light.
If a watermark is present, the printing on the paper
and the watermark should both read from left to right.
If mailing your resume, purchase a manila envelope
to mail your cover letter and resume. You do not
want to bend or fold your resume. You also do not
want to staple it. For multiple pages, have your
name on every page. Please see the cover letter section
for assistance in creating a cover letter.
Think of your resume as a work in progress. It may
be up to date right now but you will continue to
have new experiences that you will need to add in
the future. It is always easier to update as you
do new things versus try to remember what you did
in the past.
For more assistance please contact Career Services.
Create a Resume
a Cover Letter
Prepare for an Interview