Creating a Résumé
In addition to describing your experience, a résumé also demonstrates your ability to communicate effectively. Because of this, you should expect to spend a fair amount of time on it. The resources below will help you develop a draft that you can then bring to the Career Center for feedback.
SMCM Guide to Writing Résumés & Vitas
This 12-page PDF is a great place to start. It includes an overview of résumé/vita styles, general guidelines, a worksheet to help you identify and describe your transferable skills, and relevant examples.
How to Write a Masterpiece of a Résumé
This extensive resource is aimed at established professionals, so some of the guidelines won't apply to you. The real value of this site comes from its explanation of the importance of having a résumé that stands out.
OWL Résumé Resources
The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) may be familiar to you as it is great source of writing tips and tools. This site covers the various sections on the résumé in considerable detail.
National O*Net Occupational Database
This database includes lists of common responsibilities for thousands of occupations. Search for jobs you have had (e.g., lifeguard) and look for language that will help you enhance the bullets on your résumé. You can also look for occupations of interest you (e.g., "editor") and use the list of tasks to help you reflect on relevant skills from your jobs, coursework, volunteer roles, and activities that might enhance your résumé.
Ten Outdated Résumé Tips
Be sure the résumé advice you have received is current! What was true 5 years ago may not be true today, given changes in technology and the job market.
Quint Careers Résumé Worksheets
Starting from scratch? Need a lot of structure? Not sure how to fill your résumé? These worksheets are sure to help!
If you are asked to submit a writing sample to an employer, the link above provides good samples and guidelines.
Job Skills Portfolio
When you are invited for an interview consider supplementing your résumé with a more extensive portfolio (or put it online and add the URL to your résumé!).