Resume Writing Tips

Purpose of a Resume

A resume is used to show you have the knowledge, skills and experience relevant to a particular job and to entice the employer to interview you.

Quick Tips:

  1. Keep it to 1 page
  2. 10-12 size font that is easy to read
  3. Equal margins on all sides of the document (between 0.5 - 1.0 inch)
  4. Print resume on white/ivory bond paper—available at the Career Center!
  5. Proofread for spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors

Attend Resume, Set, Go!, hosted by The Career Center, to have your resume reviewed by a staff member.

Remember: if you are struggling with your resume, make an appointment with a career counselor!

Important Categories of a Resume

Here are some of the major categories that can be listed on your resume.  They can be changed/modified as you move forward in your education and career so they highlight specific skills or accomplishments.

3 Major Categories:

  1. Contact Information
  2. Education
  3. Work Experience

Additional Categories
Leadership Experiences, Honors/Awards, Community/Volunteer Service, Professional Affiliations, Computer Skills, Relevant Coursework, Licenses/Accreditations/Certifications, Languages

Link: Work History Examples

For more ideas on resume formats and styles, see the resume samples on

Visit the Zety blog for more ideas on how to make your resume stand out.

Need help getting started? See our Resume Writing Guide

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