Write a Resume
A résumé is an advertising tool. It communicates your skills, major strengths and future
potential, and it lets an employer see your value to their organization. A résumé’s purpose
is to get you to the next stage - the interview. In order to do this, the résumé must grab a
reader’s attention with strong selling points.
Your past and present work and extracurricular experience will be crucial to persuade an
employer that you have what they need. Emphasize outcomes achieved in paid, unpaid,
internship and volunteer settings. All of these have relevance on your resume if you
gained skills an employer wants.
Construction and Layout
There is no one "right" way to write a résumé, but take the time to produce a quality
NOTE: Most employers spend less than one minute scanning a résumé in order to
determine if it’s worth a second look.
Design your résumé so it says the most about you in the fewest words. Reflect your
uniqueness and emphasize your assets. One page is strongly recommended but some
people require two if they have gained a great deal of relevant experience.
Be consistent with your format - margins, font, italicizing and capitalizing. Avoid
pronouns (I, you, we) and write in phrases that don’t require a period at the end. Use
white space, bold type, bullets and italics to draw the reader’s eye down the page, and
make it visually attractive.
Course Highlights (Optional)
Activities, Honors and Awards (Optional)
Skills Summary / Accomplishments (Optional)
1. Chronological (Reverse Date Order)
o Most popular; easy to prepare
o Good for recent graduates with less work experience
o Be selective; don’t include all experiences
2. Functional (Grouped by Skill Category)
o Good for career changers
o Organizes skills and experiences under topical headings
Use action verbs
Use concise phrases led by bullets
Be consistent in tense
Proofread (eliminate errors)
Avoid long paragraphs
Review job descriptions to determine required skills and knowledge
Evaluate your experience from the employer’s point of view
Emphasize skills and experiences related to the job objective
Use the vocabulary of your desired field or industry
Use numbers to quantify achievements
Adapted from the University of Oregon Career Center Webpage: