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Resumes

A resume is a physical representation of your skills and accomplishments. It needs to be both impressive in content and flawless in presentation or many employers may be immediately turned off. You generally have less than 30 seconds to grab an employer's attention enough to want to know more about you.

Write a Better Resume

5 Biggest Resume Mistakes

Microsoft Word resume templates are located in Career Maverick > Resources > Document Library or below:

Tailor Your Resume

Every job is unique and each will target different skills and experiences you may have. Do not rely on one catch-all resume for every job. Instead, tailor each resume to the specific characteristics of the job to which you are applying.

Make it Easy to Read
  • Write your resume as simply as possible for the reader to briefly scan it and understand your key strengths
  • Divide your resume into four sections:
    • Education
    • Experience (Internships and Work Experience)
    • Activities/Community Service (Leadership)
    • Skills (Computer Experience, Language Fluency, etc.)
  • Your grades, experience, leadership activities and skills truly matter
Follow Proper Formatting
  • Fit your resume onto one page
  • Begin each bullet point with an action verb in the correct tense (view our list of action verbs)
  • Reread it, spell check, reread it again and have others read it (for example, a PACT mentor, Career and Professional Development, professors)
  • Use proper grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • Be consistent with formatting 
  • Be honest and accurate
Resume Guidance by Year

Freshmen

  • Focus on classes and get good grades; explore and learn
  • Join a club or a community service activity to meet people
  • You may list your high school/activities on your resume during your freshman year only
  • If you work, think about what you are learning beyond the tasks
  • Start or update your resume

Sophomore

  • Stay focused on classes and get good grades
  • Explore upcoming leadership roles in your club or activities
  • Begin looking for an internship during your second semester and/or over the summer. An internship is a great opportunity to explore what you may be interested in career wise
  • Update your resume

Junior

  • Stay focused on grades
  • This is a great time to experience and embrace leadership
  • Apply for a relevant internship in your major area of study, either for academic credit and/or over the summer
  • Update your resume

Senior

  • Finish your academic career on a high note
  • Build your professional network
  • Update your resume, write cover letters, apply for jobs or graduate school