Writing a Resume

The first thing to remember when writing your resume is that you are selling yourself. Your goal should be to emphasize your strengths and unique abilities.

The resume should be short: most employers prefer one page.

You should start your sentences with action verbs like: collaborate, delegate, manage, initiate, promote, etc. Use the past tense unless describing currently-held positions. Be concise.

Tailor each resume to match the description of the job for which you are applying.

References are generally not included unless the posting specifically requests them. They should then go on a separate page.

Things to think about

  • Your resume should differentiate you from the competition. Remember your goal: you need to prove you are the best candidate.
  • Employers are not interested in reading your daily routine. They want to see accomplishments! What are you most proud of? How did you add value to your position or company? What action did you take to solve problems? What were the results?

Sending your documents

When emailing your resume and cover letter always send them as attachments, never in the body of the email. It is also a good idea to send them as PDF files so you are sure that your original format is preserved when they are opened.