Resume Building

By in Uncategorized on February 7, 2018


  • The most effective resumes are not mass produced, but written for a single employer with a particular position or goal in mind.
  • A strong resume and cover letter combination may be your only chance to land an interview.
  • Most recruiters take only 30-60 seconds to review resumes and decide if they wish to go further with that candidate. So, it is important to make your resume stand out!

10 Important Tips

  1. Limit your resume to one page;
  2. Be concise, simple and to the point;
  3. Focus on the employer’s needs, not your own;
  4. Communicate your abilities and personal qualities that pertain to the job;
  5. Eliminate the use of “I”;
    1. Coached and motivated loan officers and tellers to meet and…
    2. Developed and implemented action plans to achieve sales and…
    3. Participated in the interviewing and selection process of…
    4. Trained all newly hired teller and loan officers.
  6. Start sentences and phrases with action verbs followed by descriptive words;
  7. Remember to always give specific examples of accomplishments, skills and results;
  8. Use traditional bullets (i.e., circle or square). Nothing fancy or decorative;
  9. Proofread carefully for typos, spelling and grammatical errors.
  10. Always send your resume with a cover letter.

More Tips

  1. Make sure verb tense is correct.
  2. Use simple/plain fonts (i.e., Times New Roman or Arial)
  3. Use traditional fonts sized 10-12.
  4. Use 1″ margins on all sides.
  5. Give it a professional appearance – use resume quality paper, light colors are best.
  6. Always include your current address, phone number and email address;

E-friendly Tips

  • Keep resume FREE of vertical and horizontal lines, graphics, italics and columns.
  • If sending resume electronically, convert it into PDF format
  • Consider developing a scannable version of your resume

Resume Formats


  • Traditional
    • Chronological [DOC]
      • Use if your education and/or experience closely relates to your career goals.
      • Lists education and work experience in reverse chronological order (most recent information in each section first).
      • Most commonly used resume format.
    • Functional [DOC]
      • Puts greater emphasis on SKILLS and less on work history or educational background.
      • Effective when work experience does not show a direct relationship to the job or when there are significant gaps in experience.
    • Combination [DOC]
      • Shows a short skills summary.
      • Maintains use of reverse chronological order for education and experience sections.
  • Scannable  [DOC]
    • Many employers using this method to store the large number of resumes they receive.
    • Use keywords or phrases applicable to the career field or related to the job applying for.
    • Use a standard font style size between 10-12 points. Avoid decorative fonts.
    • Do not use italics or underlining. Use boldface for emphasis.
    • Avoid graphics and shading.
    • Use asterisks (*) instead of bullets.
    • Do not double space between sections.
    • Resume should be an original, printed on white paper. Do not fold or staple.

Resume Common Sections

The sections below are suggestions. You might feel the need to add/substitute some of these sections to fit your purposes.

1. Header/Contact Information

  1. Don’t forget your email address.
  2. Add your cell phone number, if desired.
  3. Bold and use a slightly bigger font for your name.

2. Objective

  1. Make your objective specific and focused on the employer and the specific job.
  2. Communicate your career goals and objectives in just 1-2 sentences.
  3. Use this area to state that you are “Willing to Relocate”.
  4. Make sure the content in your resume relates to the objective.

Objective Examples

    1. Seeking a management position utilizing my strong organizational skills, educational background and customer service focus.
    2. To firmly establish myself in a challenging position with a growth-oriented company that will ultimately lead to a position in the field. Willing to Relocate.
    3. To obtain a challenging opportunity in the areas of Fundraising, Customer Service, or Sales.
    4. To obtain an entry-level position in publishing in the areas of promotions, advertising, design, and editing.
    5. A position in data analysis where skills in mathematics, computer programming and deductive reasoning will contribute to new systems development.
    6. A position as a General Sales Representative with a pharmaceutical firm which will use chemistry background and ability to work on a self-directed basis in managing a market territory. Willing to travel and relocate.

3. Education

  1. Start with your most recent degree and go back in time.
  2. Bold your degree, not the school attended.
  3. Add your graduation date (month & year) even if you have not graduated yet.
  4. Add your degree (Bachelor in Kinesiology) and Major (Exercise Science).
  5. Add your minor or concentration if desired.
  6. GPA is optional. Most employers like to see it and will probably ask at some point. Do not add a GPA if it is lower than 2.8.
  7. Do not list your high school.

4. Work Experience

  1. Use reverse-chronological order (most recent jobs first).
  2. Include full time, part time, volunteer, military experience, student teaching, graduate assistant positions.
  3. Generally, you need only go back approximately 10-15 years of work experience.
  4. Identify job title, name of employer, location (city & state) and dates of employment.
  5. Include job responsibilities. Use phrases with action verbs and transferable skills.
  6. Ask yourself “What did I accomplish in this position?” and “How does that relate to my objective?”
  7. Give specific examples of things you accomplished.
  8. Research buzz words the company uses to describe their ideal candidate. Think about how your work experience has taught you these skills. Then, use those words in your resume.

5. Skills

  1. Add technical skills as well as foreign language and communication skills.
  2. Mention only skills with which you are strongly familiar.

6. Activities

  1. List professional organizations or clubs closely related to your major or career field.
  2. List all organizations in which you had an active duty to show leadership skills.
  3. Explain what your duties were in any office you held.
  4. Consider adding any volunteer work that may add transferable skills to your resume.


Other common resume sections

  • Honors
  • Keyword Summary
  • Computer Skills
  • References

Source: EIU Career Services’ Website

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