What is a resume? Structure of a resume
Resume Do's and Dont's Samples 




What is a Resume?

A resume is a marketing tool designed to get you an interview. Your resume summarizes your education, experience and accomplishments to present the skills which are relevant to your career objectives. Remember your resume is your ‘ticket’ to your interview. Your resume should be flawless!  One error and you will not be considered for an interview. Your resume is a reflection of YOU! 

Structure of a Resume

Contact Information

Your name - address - city, state and zip code - phone number - email address (be sure to use a profession email address, i.e.-

Objective (Optional)

The objective should be brief and specific to a particular job or career field. Example:  Seeking an entry-level financial analyst position at Wall Street Investment Bank


List the institution, degree, major and year of graduation, and if your GPA is 3.0 or above


List any valuable real-work experience you have gained through internships, whether paid summer internships, or internships for credit like those at The Washington Center, those facilitated through your academic department or experience gained through The Experience Program.

Study Abroad


Honors & Awards

Scholarships, Chancellor’s List, Dean’s List (list accordingly)

Special Projects/Relevant Coursework

If you have a relevant thesis project, capstone project or a relevant research project, list it and briefly describe the project. List courses relevant to the job description.


Emphasize computer software knowledge, especially programs relevant for your field.  Include foreign language skills, communication, leadership, and interpersonal, etc.




(You may have two sections.) If you have employment experience that is related to your major use “experience” as a section. If your employment is not related to your major then use “employment” as a section. If you happen to have both, then you will have two separate sections.




(optional) List if you were in a club/organization or if you have participated in community service or volunteered. List professional associations, community groups and indicate any offices you’ve heldVOLUNTEERING / COMMUNITY SERVICEREFERENCES – Available Upon Request.  This statement indicates the end of your resume and that you have them. Three references are recommended: a professor, a former boss, a current boss, etc.

Volunteer or Community Service



Available upon request. This statement indicates the end of your resume and that you have them. Three references are recommended: a professor, a former supervisor, a current supervisor, etc.
































 Resume Do's and Don'ts



Tailor your resume to the job/internship/graduate school opportunity. Use fancy fonts.
Be truthful when describing your prior experiences and accomplishments. Allow your resume to be longer than 1 page (undergraduate students)
Proofread your resume for spelling and grammatical errors. Clutter your resume.
Select easy-to-read font styles such as Times New Roman, Arial, Verdana, Tahoma, Garamond or Century Schoolbook Use personal pronouns (I, my, me)
Describe your skills and accomplishments with ActionVerbs. List references; Keep references on a separate sheet and provide them only when they are requested.
 Write your internship and work experiences in reverse chronological order. Provide personal data like marital status, date of birth, height/weight, or similar non-work-related information.














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