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Helpful Resume Tips
Just as our website is your first impression of us, your resume is our first impression of you. It's important that the format and content is user-friendly, informative and accurate. Our intent is to assist you with your resume to make it as effective as it can be in our recruiting process.
Our On-line Applicant Tracking System (Career Center) scans and collects certain data from your resume to create your profile. If your resume is formatted in a compatible manner, it is more likely to pull the correct information without any adjustments. When building your profile within our job board, you can attach up to five documents, including different resumes customized to certain positions, cover letters and even sample documents.
If you are a student, include both your permanent and temporary address to ensure that we may contact you after graduation or during break:
- Clearly define your objectives and what type of position you are looking for
- Include school, major, year of graduation and GPA
- List experience related to the position for which you are applying, including start and end dates
- List computer skills, activities and honors
- Limit resumé to one page if possible
- Proofread and review for grammar and spelling
- Do not include personal data such as gender, race or age
- Submit to a specific job opening
Keep the top section of your resume simple:
- Always begin with your name, but don't use all caps, and don't begin with “Resume of”
- Next, list your complete address, again using proper capitalization.
- Provide all available phone numbers, listing your home number first and labeling all numbers listed (home, work, cell).
- Provide all relevant e-mail addresses. Our system utilizes e-mail for communication to candidates.
- If you don't have an e-mail account, you can set up a free account through Hotmail or Yahoo! See the job search page for more details.
- Don't use asterisks, bullet points or any other symbols in your name ⁄ address information.
- Don't place your name ⁄ address information in a header, text box, graphic or any other specialized format.
Use a basic formatting style:
- Avoid graphics, text boxes, specialized formatting, underlining, shading, customized fonts, etc.
- Use proper grammar.
- Avoid abbreviations or acronyms that may not be known to anyone outside your organization.
- Always spell check and proofread your resume. Ask friends or career coaches to review your resume; the more eyes that see it, the better. Simple typographical errors in a resume indicate a lack of attention to detail.
- Use it to describe the particular position ⁄ career that you are interested in.
- Be specific, but remember to make sure it is applicable. We often see resumes for a particular job with very bold, specific objectives that have nothing to do with the job.
- Recent graduates without significant work experience should list their educational credentials first.
- More experienced professionals should list their education after their work experience.
- Include the name and location of the institution(s) you attended.
- Include the level you attained (Associates, Bachelors, Masters).
- Begin with the highest-level degree you received and work backwards.
- Include your major field of study as well as your minor, if applicable.
- Include your Grade Point Average if it is 3.0 or higher.
- Include any academic honors you may have received or any specialized fields of study.
- Always list your work history in chronological order beginning with current or most recent position and working backwards.
- Include the company name, job title, location of the business ⁄ position and dates of your employment.
- Include a brief description of the company (industry, size, etc).
- If you have held more than one position at a company, list them as subheadings under the company name with job details on each position. This shows career progression and longevity.
- List your major job responsibilities, focusing on specific skills used and accomplishments achieved.
- Include key terms applicable to your function and ⁄ or industry, such as programs, software, skills, tools or machinery.
- List any licenses, specialized training or certifications that you hold relevant to the position(s) for which you are applying, including any while serving in the military.
- List any publications, inventions or scientific awards received relevant to the position(s) for which you are applying.
- List any job-related professional associations that you belong to as well as any key roles that you play at those associations. Don't include any that indicate your race, religious creed, color, sex, marital status, national origin, ancestry, handicap or disability, sexual orientation, medical condition or age.
- Include brief statements to explain any significant gaps between jobs or employers.
We hope this information has been helpful and we wish you much success in your job search!