Your résumé provides your first opportunity to make an impression with a prospective employer, so be certain to make it a memorable one that stands out from the crowd.
Writing a résumé
A résumé’s purpose
Résumés are essentially sales brochures. Effective sales brochures have two components: clear, concise presentation of product features & benefits and an aesthetically pleasing, easy-to-read appearance. The function of every word and visual in a résumé is to be a powerful and positive selling point – to make the reader interested in learning more about the product (job applicant) being sold in the résumé.
- Contact information: Include name, address (current or permanent), phone number, and e-mail address. May also include LinkedIn account and QR code.
- Job Objective: Include only if specific or required.
- Qualification summary (or personal profile or branding statement): Include skills and knowledge acquired, positive, relevant achievements, and professional related experience.
- Education: Include name of college/university, location, degree, graduation date, GPA, and funding source.
- Professional and/or work experience: Include company name, location (city and state), job title, time employed, duties, and achievements.
- Skills (optional or in a functional résumé): Include computer and/or language used in categories such as sales or management.
- Optional résumé headings:
- Military service
- Volunteer work, community service, or activities
- Professional memberships
- Honors and awards
- Don’t include a “reference available upon request” line or include references
- Don’t include anything on your résumé that doesn’t help you
- Don’t use “I” or “me”
Includes resources for résumés, cover letters and sample thank you letters.
- Résumé and cover letter examples
- Résumé mistakes
- Example of chronological résumé (always preferred)
- Example of functional résumé
- Example of combination résumé
- The modern résumé infographic
- The anatomy of an outstanding résumé
For assistance with your résumé or cover letter, bring a draft for review to the Career Development Office (Room 108) or make an appointment with the BCC.