Resumes

Building a Successful Action Statement

Effective bullet points show what you did, how you did it, and why it was important.

Example: Developed marketing materials using Adobe InDesign to promote the Office of Student Employment.

Action Verb List

ResearchFinancialCommunicateHelpingManagementOrganizing
CollectedAllocatedAddressedAdvocatedAdministeredApproved
EvaluatedAppraisedMarketedAssistedDelegatedCompiled
InterviewedBalancedDiscussedCoachedExecutedImplemented
InvestigatedEstimatedExplainedEducatedPlannedMaintained
SurveyedProjectedRecruitedReferredProducedScheduled

Optional Sections

Technical/Computer Skills

Include typing speeds, operating systems that you are familiar with, and other skills related to technology.

Honors & Awards

Include any relevant awards, whether they be academic or other areas.

Training & Certifications

Include any trainings that you have received in the work place or other places.

Relevant Coursework

List any relevant coursework that you have completed, including but not limited to projects, papers, and group assignments.

Top Seven Things to Know about Resumes

  1. Sections on your resume should be organized from most recent to least recent based on the dates.
  2. The three required sections on a resume are name and contact information, education, and experience.
  3. Experience includes paid positions, volunteering, community service, involvement in clubs and groups, leadership positions, scholarship-based positions, special projects, and many other types of opportunities you may have taken part in.
  4. Every experience should have bulleted action statements explaining what you did in that experience.
  5. The resume you submit for a job should only include the most relevant information and fit on one to two pages.
  6. You should keep a draft overall resume with a history of all of your information to make tailoring your resume for positions faster and easier.
  7. You should save your resume as a PDF prior to uploading in JagJobs or emailing to potential employers; this will lock the formatting of your document to ensure it is not altered when opened by another user.

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