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Build an awesome resume

Your resume serves as your first impression to a prospective employer. Before you fire your cover letter off to that potential dream job, use this checklist to make sure you start off on the right foot.


Content tips:

  • Contact information – make it easy to read and keep it at the top
  • Keep your objective clear, focused and relevant to the specific job you're applying for
  • Education
    • List your GPA if it’s over 3.0
    • Include your graduation date, even if you haven't graduated yet
    • Still in college? No problem! List any college experience you have
  • Experience
    • Include your notable accomplishments, especially those that relate to the job for which you are applying
    • Use job titles that describe the work you did, even if they were not your actual job titles
    • Industry buzzwords are good, but don't go overboard
  • Activities
    • List your most impressive extracurricular activities, but keep it brief
  • Do not include personal data or potentially discriminatory data

Formatting tips:

  • Keep your resume to the point, one page is best
  • Check and double-check your spelling and grammar
  • Use Arial and Times New Roman at 10 or 12 point. Pick one or two and stick with them.
  • Use standard margins between 1” and 1.25"
  • Keep your lists simple using bullet point
  • If delivering a printed resume, choose quality paper
  • If you’re emailing your resume, convert the file to a PDF and check the file

Here are a few more great sources to help with your resume and job search:

Campus Career Coach
Wright State University Career Center
Sources used: Monster.com

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