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Created by the University Career Center at Georgia CollegeWant more help with your resume?Contact the Career Center at your college or university to schedulean appointment and learn about the resources they have to offeryou!

Purpose of a ResumeYour resume serves several very important functions: Advertises your abilities, accomplishments, and capabilities Serves as a marketing tool for potential employers Sets you apart so that you are noticed and selected for the next step in the process An honest, positive, concise, easy to read representation of YOU!Several sample resume examples follow the information section. Browse them to see whatwill work the best for your experience.Resume Organization and ContentThere are a variety of ways to structure a resume; below are descriptions of the basiccomponents that should be included.Contact Information Always make sure your contact information is at the top of a resume and easy tofind.Your name should be large enough to be easy to find and portray confidence.Provide your name, an email, a local and permanent address, and phone number soan employer can contact you at all times.Do not put your social security number, birth date, or picture on your resume.Your email address should be simple and professional.NO: [email protected]: [email protected] An objective is a concise, one or two sentence statement that appears near thebeginning a resume.It communicates what sort of job you are seeking and what skills you have to offerand should closely match the position description.The objective serves as the focal point of your resume—the remainder of theresume’s content should naturally follow what you’ve already described.Example: If you talk about your interpersonal skills in the objective, your resumeshould include several examples of ways you’ve demonstrated interpersonal skills.There are a variety of ways to focus your objective:Position focused: “An internship in health promotion and education”Field focused: “A full time position in finance with responsibilities for qualityassurance, risk management, financial analysis, investment advising, and relatedfinancial services.”Skills focused: “A position utilizing my counseling, research, and proposal writingskills.”Combination: “Seeking a position as a public relations officer with a non-profitagency. Wish to utilize my skills in communications, needs analysis, andphotography.”2

Be aware: Always be work-centered rather than self-centered in yourobjective. Focus on what you have to offer, not what the employer canoffer you.Summary (also called Summary of Qualifications) A summary section is an optional section candidates use to highlightaccomplishments, skills, and experience that relate to the position.Use concise, to the point sentences or phrases in a Summary section.Make your resume stand out by being specific. General statements like “Greatcommunication skills” are vague, overused, and will not help you stand out.EducationFor current students and recent graduates, the Education heading should alwaysappear before Experience and after the Objective. High school diploma information is not included in a college student’s resume. Basic information to include: Institution Degree Major(s) and concentration Minor, if applicable GPA if it is 3.0 or aboveOptional headings: Related Coursework Academic Projects Study Abroad A Related Coursework subheading should only list specific courses which arerelated to the field or will enhance your candidacy for the position. Academic honors, honor societies, and other achievements that indicate youracademic ability can be listed under the Education section. A separate Honors section canalso be utilized for this information.Experience The Experience section should appear after Education for current students and recent graduates.Consider labeling your experience section “Related Experience,” or, morespecifically, “Teaching Experience” or another heading that closely relates to yourfield.It can be helpful to brainstorm these questions while forming this section:What skills do I have to offer a potential employer?What paid and unpaid experiences gave me those skills?What experiences are relevant and what can be excluded?3

Employers want to see experience that you have gained while attending college.These include: Part-time employment Work-study Internships Self-employment (e.g., child care, lawn care, house painters, etc.) Volunteer experiencesYour experiences should include: Organization name and location Position held Dates employed Responsibilities Demonstrated abilities and skills Achievements and significant contributions Utilize reverse chronological order—your most recent experiences should be listed first.Describe your responsibilities using action verbs. Leading with action verbs makesit easier for the reader to focus on your skills set. An excellent list of action verbs isincluded later in this guide.Examples of action verbs: Created, planned, analyzed, initiatedAn excellent list of action verbs is included later in this guide. Focus on transferable skills—the skills that can carry (or “transfer”) to every job,course, volunteer experience, and so on. They are very important in hiring, becauseemployers consider how your transferable skills relate to the position.Transferable skills include: Oral communication skills Written communication skills Interpersonal skills Ability to work effectively in a team Leadership experience Problem solving skills Customer service skills Research and analytical skills Ability to balance multiple tasksNEVER lie or stretch the truth on a resume or on an application. This willonly show your dishonesty, which is NOT a desirable skill!Honors Depending on your experiences, it is appropriate to have an honors section todescribe your awards and achievements.This section can include academic achievements, honor societies, and other awardsor honors you may have received.4

Leadership Depending on your experiences, it might be appropriate showcase your leadershipinvolvements in a Leadership section.In this section, include in this section any of your leadership roles in organizationssuch as officer positions, leadership roles, projects managed, and otherexperiences that accent your leadership abilities.You can also include leadership conferences and leadership development programsyou’ve attended.Campus Involvement A Campus Involvement or Community Involvement section showcases the skillsyou’ve built through involvement.An involvement section can include organizations, athletics, Greek life, and/orvolunteer experiences.Reflect on your experiences to determine if having an involvement section isappropriate for your resume, or if the space is better used for other things.Volunteer If you’re highly involved in volunteerism, that may merit its own section on yourresume.This section can include volunteer projects through civic organizations, nonprofitorganizations, religious establishments, or other groups.You can also highlight leadership positions, projects you’ve managed, events you’veplanned, and awards you’ve received related to volunteering.ReferencesIt is not necessary or appropriate to include “References will be providedupon request” on your resume. Use the extra line to describe a skill! It is appropriate to prepare a separate References page, which you offer when it isrequested.A References page should be practically identical to your resume (same paper, yourheader/contact information, font, etc.).Include each of these: Name and Title Organization (if applicable) Address at organization Phone Number Email Address Typically three to five references are enough. Consider individuals who are familiarwith your career goals and the quality of your work. A good reference might include:professors, current or former employers, or student organization advisers.Family friends, clergy, and relatives usually are not good references to reflect onyour professional skills.5

Always ask for permission from references before releasing their information toemployers!Provide your references with a copy of your completed resume so they can speakknowledgeably about your background and qualifications if a prospective employercontacts them.Notify your references when you believe an employer may contact them.When you have accepted a position, notify your references and thank them.Additional Headings Customize your resume so that it can best represent you and your ability to meetyour objective.Include sections tailored to your individual skills and experiences.Additional headings include: Special Skills/Languages Computer Skills Professional Involvements Certifications Research Experience Military Service6

Using your resume to stand outIt is important for your resume to be in the most professional form before giving it to apotential employer. Here are the guidelines:Length One-page resumes are best for students and entry-levelcandidates. Employers appreciate concise resumes that areorganized and easy to read. Information included on the second page of is oftenoverlooked or not reviewed with the same intensity asinformation on the first page.Appearance Use a blank Microsoft Word document when creatingyour resume. Avoid resume templates! Resume templates hinderyour ability to individualize your resume. 11-12 point print, depending on the font Use bold to emphasize your headings, company names, and university names. Aim for a crisp, clean looking, and visually appealing resume. Use “white space” effectively. A healthy ratio of white space will help yourheadings stand out, while the information does not seem “crammed.” Bullet points are an effective way to highlight skills and action verbs. Use resume paper when printing your resume. You can purchase resume paperfrom office supply stores and department stores.Review After carefully reviewing your resume for its strengths and weaknesses, make allnecessary changes and improvements. After your review, give it to two or three knowledgeable reviewers for theirsuggestions. You might consider asking a mentor, a reference, or a Career Centerstaff member to your resume. Review your resume periodically to ensure that it reflects your goals, skills, andmost recent experiences.An effective resume SHOULD: Immediately impress the reader Be concise, visually appealing, and easy to read Indicate your career aspirations and goals Communicate job-related abilities, not just duties Focus on the employer’s needs and your ability to meet those needs Support your career objectives Emphasize accomplishments Communicate responsibility and dependability Be a reflection of your ability and potential Favorably distinguish you from other candidates7

An effective resume SHOULD NOT: Have an unclear objective Contain misspellings or typographical errors Be poorly organized Contain lengthy phrases, sentences, or paragraphs Be “gimmicky” or amateurish Lie or misrepresent your background or qualifications Be poorly typed or reproduced Contain irrelevant information Omit critical information Require too much interpretation for the reader Contain unexplained time gaps with regard to employment history8

Resume Action VerbsWhen describing your work and leadership experiences, start each bulleted phrase with a strongaction verb. Use the words listed to create a clear picture of your experience. The underlinedwords below are especially good for pointing out ilitatedguidedinformedinstructedpersuadedset goalsstimulatedtrainedspoketranslatedwroteResearch rveyedsystematizedFinancial ical dprogrammedremodeledrepairedsolvedupgradedCreative ing rredrehabilitatedrepresentedClerical orDetail rovedpioneeredreduced (losses)resolved (problems)restoredspearheadedtransformed

Bobby A. [email protected] Address: 122 North Irwin Street, Apt. 2 · Milledgeville, GA 31061 · (478) 555-2121Permanent Address: 6101 Pine Bark Drive · Macon, GA 31210 · (478) 555-9748OBJECTIVESeeking a public policy internship that will allow me to utilize research andanalytical skills in a fast-paced environment.EDUCATIONGeorgia College & State University, Milledgeville, GABachelor of Arts: Political ScienceMay 2013GPA: 3.5Relevant Coursework:Public Policy MakingInternational Politics & IssuesRELATEDEXPERIENCEState and Local GovernmentPrinciples of Public AdministrationStudent Government AssociationMilledgeville, GATreasurer2012-2012 Observe that all aspects of SGA's financial recording, communication,audit, and governance are conducted with integrity and University Policy Process and prepare payment requests for individuals to get reimbursedthrough SGA funds Set the budget and adjusted it accordingly throughout the fiscal year Create and present budget reports to the Student SenateSGA Senator2010-2011 Served as a student representative on a 60-member body representing eachacademic department and student perspectives on curricular issues Participated in college-wide policy decisions concerning such issues as theStudent Green Fee and designated smoking areas on campus Researched and made presentations to membershipPOLS 4401: Public Policy MakingMilledgeville, GAAcademic ProjectFall 2011 Collaborated with a team of three to research and present a project oneducation public policy in the United States Proposed changes to policy on testing in education based on research anddiscussionADDITIONALEXPERIENCECampus Activity BoardMilledgeville, GACoordinating AssistantSpring 2010 Assembled databases, letters and other documents for the AssistantAdministration Director Planned campus-wide musical, art and entertainment activities.COMPUTERSKILLSMicrosoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and PublisherAdobe Dreamweaver and PhotoshopHONORSPresident’s List (1 semester)Dean’s List (3 semesters)11Weir/Wells Scholarship

Jared [email protected] Address: 1311 University Avenue · Milledgeville, GA 35401 · (478) 555-7777Permanent Address: 804 Dogwood Drive · Montgomery, AL 34440 · (205) 555-1212OBJECTIVETo obtain an internship in the field of public history.EDUCATIONGeorgia College & State University, Milledgeville, GABachelor of Arts, Major: HistoryAcademic ProjectsMuseums and Historical OrganizationsHay House Museum in Macon, GeorgiaResearched the collection archives and presented findings to a group of 35museum staff and membersRELEVANTEXPERIENCEMuseum Assistant, 2011-PresentGeorgia College Museum, Milledgeville, GA Coordinate and scheduled tours for university classes and local communitycivic organizations Answer in-coming phone calls informing potential patrons of hours ofoperation and special exhibits Write and submit articles to the university and local newspapers concerningspecial eventsMay 2014GPA: 3.4/4.0Intern Interpreter/Guide, Summer 2012Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA Greeted patrons upon arrival, informing them of the historical date beingportrayed and the events of the day Participated in the re-enactment of various historical events from 1772-1776 Learned the techniques of brick making and furniture construction as it wasdone in the 1700’s Served as a guide for 50 school field trips consisting of Elementary, juniorhigh and high schoolVOLUNTEEREXPERIENCEVolunteer Counselor, 2010-2011Baldwin County Judicial Circuit Juvenile Probation, Milledgeville, GA Mentored at-risk teens and focused on social skills and career goals Tutored students in history and made it relatable to their experiences Facilitated group discussions on social responsibilities and drug awarenessCOMPUTERSKILLSMicrosoft Office: Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, ExcelPROFESSIONALAmerican Historical Association, 2011-Present Participated in the 2012 national conference as a student member12

your resume. Avoid resume templates! Resume templates hinder your ability to individualize your resume. 11-12 point print, depending on the font Use bold to emphasize your headings, company names, and university names. Aim for a crisp, clean looking, and visually appealing resume