CAREER SERVICES
              SAIS RESUME GUIDE

Student resumes can be one of our most effective marketing tools when meeting with employers,
so it is imperative that our resume collections present SAIS students in the best possible light.
To help MA students create effective resumes, we have developed a SAIS Resume format that is
required for all resume collections and for resume books for job/internship listings. All MA
students must have at least one version of their resume in the SAIS Format and it is recommend
that this resume be their “default” resume on SAISWorks. Resumes that do not conform to the
required format presented below, or have spelling mistakes or grammatical errors, or generally
do not present in a professional fashion, cannot be included in SAIS resume collections. If your
resume is removed, you will be notified by Career Services and you can meet with a staff
member to review the concerns.

To create a SAIS resume follow the requirements below and compare your finished product with
the sample resume:

     Page size - use only U.S. Letter (8½” x 11”) or A4 paper size for your document; use the size
     appropriate for the location of the employer/campus where you will be applying for jobs.
     Length - all resumes should be only one page in length, unless otherwise defined in the “how to
     apply” section of the job posting on SAISWorks. If you believe your experience (7 or more years
     of full-time experience) warrants a longer resume, please contact a career counselor to review your
     resume before submission.
     Font - use only Times New Roman in either 11 or 12 point font for all text.
     Margins - should be between ½ - 1 inch around the entire document. Balance the top and bottom
     margins and the right/left margins.
     Page Header - name centered at the top of the page; on the line below should be local mailing
     address, followed by e-mail and phone also centered with each separated by a simple bullet or
     symbol. Page header should be in bold, followed by a single line that extends between the two
     Section Headings - center and bold each section heading; do not underline headings. Students
     should include three section headings: Education, Experience and Additional Information in that
     order. “Additional Information” should be stylized to fit sector requirements or needs; the
     subheadings provided in the template are only recommended. Bold and left justify subheadings
     under additional information.
     Names of Academic Institutions and Degrees - left justify and bold; use consistent format for
     each position. List in reverse chronological order/SAIS first. For institutions where a degree was
     received, use month and year of completion of degree or certificate. The listing for SAIS should
     appear the same as the example resume. Note that masters students receive an MA in International
     Relations; International Economics can only be claimed as a concentration.
     Names of Employers and Job Titles - left justify and bold; use consistent format for each
     position; preferably name of employer, followed by your title on the next line.
      Locations and Dates - this information in both the education and experience sections should be
     right justified and bold; use consistent format for dates; generally month and year, e.g. May 2004 to
     August 2007.
     Bullets - use basic round bullet points; left align bullet, use consistent spacing and limit bullets to
     no more than five per category/position. Bullet size and spacing should be consistent throughout
     the document.
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      Punctuation – bullets do not need periods at the end unless they are multiple-sentence bullets.
      Usage should be consistent throughout the document.
      Line Spacing – spacing between lines should be consistent throughout the document. There should
      be at least one full line between each section and ½ lines between each academic institution and
      professional experience. Overall, the document should be balanced.
You only have one page so make sure the content of your resume highlights the skills that are most
appropriate for a specific sector of interest and, more importantly, for the specific position you are
targeting. Alumni and employers emphasize that they want to know if a student has the skills, attitude,
and values which make them an asset to their organization, not their entire work history. Again, it is
professional focus and research that give students a clear picture of what employers are seeking. Each
bullet point should highlight skills, characteristics or accomplishments that demonstrate your
qualifications for the targeted job or internship.

We encourage bullets to be written in the PAR format; framed to address the problem, identify the
action(s) you took and the results that were achieved (qualify/qualify the results whenever possible).
Show how your efforts added value to the organization and don’t be shy about highlighting your talents
and strengths – particularly those that you want to use in your next position.

Uploading your resume
Before uploading your resume, use spell-check and then review again for spelling and grammatical errors
(spell-check will not identify errors of tense, homonyms, etc.). After converting your resume to a PDF
file, be sure to review the converted document to be sure your formatting has been maintained.
ALWAYS check to see if the text was pushed to a second page or if a blank second page was created.
We will not approve a resume that has been improperly converted to a PDF and this frequently happens
when the page is full. To fix this problem, adjust margins or edit text to remove several lines.

Resume Review Policy
Every student must have at least one default resume reviewed by Career Services before they can submit
resumes for any on-campus collection. First-year students should submit a resume in the SAIS format
before they begin classes. All second-year-students are encouraged to update, revise and re-submit a
SAIS formatted resume within the first two weeks of school. Due to the high volume of resume
submissions at the beginning of each semester, resumes will be reviewed within two weeks through the
first month of each semester. Throughout the rest of the year, resumes will generally be reviewed within
three business days. Our staff reviews primarily for formatting and required content. Any student whose
resume is not approved will receive an e-mail with the suggested changes. Students who do not submit a
resume for approval will not be included in resume books or be allowed to submit to resume collections.

If a student submits a resume that is not in the correct format or with significant errors, the resume will be
removed from the collection or resume book and the student will receive an e-mail notifying them that the
resume was removed. Should the student continue to submit resumes in the incorrect format or with
significant errors for collections and resume books, this student will be blocked from using the jobs and
events sections in SAISWorks until he/she meets with a career counselor.

Career Services Support
It takes time and attention to detail to create a high-quality resume. Career Services provides the support
needed to ensure students can meet high employer and alumni standards. For more information on how to
develop a high-quality resume, please attend one of our workshops, help sessions or schedule a meeting
with a counselor for individual guidance.

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