Your resume should reflect your education, experience, skills, and interests by focusing on what you have achieved, demonstrated, and learned. Employers want to see a history of success demonstrated on your resume. Omit any information that could be used to screen you out of an interview such as a low GPA (below a 3.0). Your resume must be error free and all information must be accurate.
Be brief, 1 - 2 pages in length:
Employers prefer that new graduates keep their resumes to one page. Alumni and graduate students with extensive RELEVANT experience may need two pages to adequately describe the most important elements of their background. Make sure to put the most important information on the first page of your resume.
Use formatting and placement to highlight key information and to draw attention to your strengths. The most relevant information pertaining to your career goals and the position you are applying for should be listed first.
Information to Include:
- Contact Information
- Related/Relevant Coursework
- Summary of Qualifications
- Skills (languages/computer)
- Experience (related, volunteer, other)
- Coursework/Related Projects
- Leadership Experience
- Extracurricular/Community Activities