Crafting the Perfect Resume

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Posted on February 6th, 2011

Some people spend months, or even years, building the perfect resume. They get countless people to write and edit this simple one-page document. Although it is important to have a suitable, eloquently written resume to attract employers, some people can add unnecessary stress to crafting it. Don't be a victim of Resume Editing companies—most of them will charge you exorbitantly high prices for just a few minutes of work. You can efficiently and effectively write your resume on your own! You are obviously the best source to describe and summarize your own meaningful experiences and awards, right? Don't sell yourself short. Here are some general guidelines to follow while writing it. After you finish, THEN you can ask trusted sources for editing help.

Brevity is Precious

In order to make your work experience catch the attention of future employers, you have to keep them interested. Long paragraphs or numerous bullet points often leave people uninterested. Try to sum up what you learned and the importance of your job in just a few lines! Also, keep in mind the nature of jobs you plan to apply for. Try to tie in tasks you've done into tasks you will probably be doing in the future. For example, let's say you spent one summer interning for an oil company. What did you learn from the job? How does it relate to the jobs you're interested in now? These are things your resume should cover. Keep it short and sweet though—no need to describe every detail of the job.


The way you organize your resume is also really important. It is usually a good idea to include all of your contact information on the top of the document. Also, place the most important information about yourself at the beginning of the resume. First, include your obtained/to be obtained degrees, your GPA, your concentration, and your spoken languages. Then, you can prioritize other information. Employers usually want to see your work experience and awards/recognition. Include that information first. For each experience that may be unclear, add a few words or sentences describing it. Lastly, if you have published any articles or research, add that to the end of your resume. Include the sources of your publications!

Career Services

Once you have summed up your experiences into a formatted resume, you can ask your university's career services center for some insight! Most universities have resources to help you with both your resume and the interview process. Also, asking a friend to look it over can be helpful. Ask them to describe each work experience. What do they think you did? Are they right?

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