The Résumé - Your 30 Second Commercial

Your résumé is an opportunity to make an initial impression with potential employers. It must be short (one or two pages), free of all grammatical and spelling errors and look professionally produced. Above all, it must summarize your skills and abilities in a way that encourages the employer to interview you. The parts of a résumé include:


  • Formal name, address, telephone number(s) and E-mail address.
  • Make sure you use phone numbers where you can be reached during the day or where a message can be left.
  • Use large type for your name.
  • Do not add any other personal information.


  • Use only if you are very focused in your job search.
  • Change for each job, if necessary.
  • This heading is optional. Do not use if you cannot be specific.


  • List highest level of formal education first; institution, major/minor and degree earned.
  • Include GPA if it is favorable. Omit, if it is not.
  • List some specific course work where appropriate. Include internships and field experiences.
  • Do not list high school if you have substantial college.


  • List most recent job first for a chronological resume.
  • Tell what you did there, not just the job title.
  • Use action verbs to describe work done, i.e. achieved, administered, increased, organized, prepared, etc.
  • Include volunteer work if it relates to career objective.
  • Relate accomplishments where possible.
  • Use numbers to quantify your work, i.e. "supervised 12 employees."

Other Headings

  • Add other headings if they are appropriate.
  • Choose headings such as: awards, community service or special skills (foreign language or sign language), extra-curricular activities, computer skills, etc.
  • Do not put personal information on your resume (i.e. married, graduated high school in 1975, etc.)


  • Do not add references to your résumé; Type them on a separate page.
  • Include name, address and daytime phone number of reference.
  • Ask permission before you use someone as a reference.