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Résumé Writing and Critiques

The Career Development Center's career consultants are available to review and critique your résumé. Call to set up an appointment, visit our office during walk in hours, or stop by one of our scheduled résumé critique sessions.

Résumé Resources

Please read below for some great tips on résumé writing.

Quick Résumé Tips:
  • Make sure to PROOFREAD!
  • Be consistent (fonts, dates, margins, tabs, etc.).
  • Do not list high school.
  • Use an easy to read font and between a 10 to 14 point font size. Your name should be the only text bigger than 10 to 14 point font (up to 22 or 24 point font size is sufficient).
  • Do not go overboard in the use of bold, underline, italics, etc.
  • Spell things out – it looks more formal and professional. Followed by the initials in parentheses.
  • Remember to write to the reader – What is important to them? What are they interested in?
  • Make sure your email address is professional.
  • Be brief and succinct in your descriptions of skills and knowledge (get to the point).
  • GPA’s 3.0 and above are considered competitive and can be listed. Any GPA’s below 3.0 should never be listed, unless specifically asked for by the organization/company you are applying to.
  • A one-page résumé is most common for a traditional college student.
  • Do not include information such as age, marriage status, religion, social security number unless there is a specific reason to do so (federal government résumé for example).
  • Again... Make sure to PROOFREAD!!!
Résumé Section Headers:

The average employer spends 20-30 seconds forming an impression of your résumé. One of the best ways to make sure your résumé gets noticed is to have eye-catching, appropriate section headers. That way, the employer will be able to quickly go to the section they want to see first. Here is a list of possible section headers that will ensure you are getting your message across!

  • Objective
  • Summary
  • Qualifications Highlights
  • Summary of Qualifications
  • Career Profile
  • Areas of Effectiveness
  • Areas of Expertise
  • Significant Accomplishments
  • Professional Objective
  • Work Experience
  • Employment History
  • Related Experience
  • Experience
  • Related Coursework
  • Volunteer Experience
  • Community Service
  • Community Involvement
  • Campus Involvement
  • Campus Leadership
  • Leadership Roles
  • Related Activities
  • Accreditations
  • Licenses
  • Certificates
  • Certifications
  • Hardware/Software
  • Technology Skills
  • Office Skills
  • Computer
  • Computer Skills
  • Key Skills
  • Special Skills
  • Achievements
  • Honors
  • Awards
  • Memberships
  • Affiliations
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Professional Overview
  • Professional Organizations
  • Additional Training
  • Special Training
  • Scientific Societies
  • Personal Attributes
  • Additional Information
  • Selected Awards
  • Selected Honors
  • Leadership Experience
  • Communication Experience
  • Sales Experience
  • Research Experience
  • Laboratory Experience
  • Teaching Experience
  • Research Interests
  • Presentations
  • Publications
  • Works-In-Progress

Action Verbs

Get employers to notice your résumé. It’s not easy to describe your working experience and accomplishments. By utilizing “action verbs” to begin your phrases, you will ensure that employers will notice your accomplishments. Listed below, you will find examples of “action verbs.

Management Skills:
  • administered
  • consolidated
  • executed
  • prioritized
  • supervised
  • analyzed
  • coordinated
  • improved
  • produced
  • contracted
  • assigned
  • delegated
  • increased
  • recommended
  • evaluated
  • attained
  • developed
  • organized
  • reviewed
  • planned
  • chaired
  • directed
  • oversaw
  • scheduled
  • strengthened
Creative Skills:
  • acted
  • developed
  • illustrated
  • originated
  • conceptualized
  • directed
  • instituted
  • performed
  • created
  • established
  • integrated
  • revitalized
  • designed
  • founded
  • invented
  • shaped
Clerical Skills:
  • approved
  • compiled
  • monitored
  • purchased
  • systematized
  • arranged
  • dispatched
  • operated
  • recorded
  • tabulated
  • catalogued
  • executed
  • organized
  • retrieved
  • classified
  • implemented
  • prepared
  • screened
  • collected
  • inspected
  • processed
  • specified
Communication Skills:
  • addressed
  • developed
  • formulated
  • motivated
  • reconciled
  • arbitrated
  • directed
  • interpreted
  • negotiated
  • recruited
  • arranged
  • drafted
  • lectured
  • persuaded
  • spoke
  • authored
  • edited
  • mediated
  • promoted
  • translated
  • corresponded
  • enlisted
  • moderated
  • publicized
  • wrote
Financial Skills:
  • administered
  • balanced
  • managed
  • allocated
  • budgeted
  • marketed
  • analyzed
  • computed
  • planned
  • appraised
  • developed
  • projected
  • audited
  • forecast
  • researched
Helping Skills:
  • assessed
  • coached
  • educated
  • familiarized
  • rehabilitated
  • assisted
  • counseled
  • expedited
  • guided
  • represented
  • clarified
  • demonstrated
  • facilitated
Research Skills:
  • clarified
  • evaluated
  • inspected
  • organized
  • systematized
  • collected
  • examined
  • interpreted
  • reviewed
  • critiqued
  • extracted
  • interviewed
  • summarized
  • diagnosed
  • identified
  • investigated
  • surveyed
Teaching Skills:
  • adapted
  • communicated
  • encouraged
  • guided
  • persuaded
  • advised
  • coordinated
  • evaluated
  • informed
  • set goals
  • clarified
  • developed
  • explained
  • initiated
  • stimulated
  • coached
  • enabled
  • facilitated
  • instructed
Technical Skills:
  • assembled
  • designed
  • fabricated
  • overhauled
  • solved
  • built
  • devised
  • maintained
  • programmed
  • trained
  • calculated
  • engineered
  • operated
  • remodeled
  • upgraded
  • computed

Transferable Skills

You might think that your work experience isn’t relevant to the type of job you’re looking for now, but don’t underestimate the value of the experiences you’ve had! Your volunteer work, classroom projects, and part-time jobs all provide opportunities to build skills that will apply to many future opportunities! Instead of just stating your duties and responsibilities, you should focus on the skills you used to accomplish goals and complete projects. These skills are transferable and, if communicated properly, can help show a potential employer that you’ve got what it takes to succeed! Here are just a few examples of transferable skills to help you get a jump start on a great résumé.

Information Management Skills:
  • sort data and objects
  • compile and rank information
  • apply information creatively to specific problems or tasks
  • synthesize facts, concepts, and principles
  • understand and use organizing principles
  • evaluate information based on appropriate standards
Design and Planning Skills:
  • identify alternatives courses of action
  • set realistic goals; set priorities
  • follow through with a plan or decision
  • manage time effectively
  • predict future trends and patterns
  • accommodate multiple demands for commitment of time, energy, and resources
  • assess needs
  • make and keep a schedule
Research and Investigation Skills:
  • use a variety of sources of information
  • apply a variety of methods to test the validity of data
  • identify problems and needs
  • design an experiment, plan, or model that systematically defines a problem
  • identify information sources appropriate to special needs or problems
  • formulate questions relevant to clarifying a particular problem,
  • topic, or issue
Communication Skills:
  • listen with objectivity and paraphrase the content of a message
  • use various forms and styles of written communication
  • speak effectively to individuals and groups
  • use various media to present ideas imaginatively
  • express one's need, wants, opinions and preferences without offending the sensitivities of others
  • identify and communicate value judgments effectively
  • describe objects or events with few errors
  • convey a positive self image to others
Human Relations and Interpersonal Skills:
  • keep a group "on track" and moving toward the achievement of a goal
  • maintain group cooperation and support
  • delegate tasks and responsibilities
  • interact effectively with peers, superiors, and subordinates
  • express one's feelings appropriately
  • understand the feelings of others
  • use argumentation techniques to persuade others
  • make commitments to people
  • be will to take risks
  • teach a skill, concept, or principle to others
  • analyze behavior or self and others in group situations
  • demonstrate effective social behavior in a variety
  • of settings and under different circumstances
  • work under time and environmental pressures
Critical Thinking Skills:
  • identify quickly and accurately the critical issues when making a decision or solving a problem
  • identify a general principle that explains interrelated experiences of factual data
  • define the parameters of a problem
  • identify reasonable criteria for assessing the value or appropriateness of an action or behavior
  • adapt one's concepts and behavior to changing conventions and norms
  • apply appropriate criteria to strategies and action plans
  • take given premises and reason to their conclusion
  • create innovative solutions to complex problems
  • analyze the interrelationships of events and ideas from several perspectives.
Management and Administration Skills:
  • analyze tasks
  • identify people who can contribute to the solution of a problems or task
  • identify resource materials useful in the solution of a problem
  • delegate responsibility for completion of a task
  • motivate and lead people
  • organize people and tasks to achieve specific goals
Valuing Skills:
  • assess a course of action in terms of its long-range effects on the general human welfare
  • make decisions that will maximize both individual and collective good
  • appreciate the contributions of art, literature, science and technology to contemporary society
  • identify one's own values
  • assess one's values in relation to important life decisions
Personal and Career Development Skills:
  • analyze and learn form life experiences - both one's own and others
  • relate the skills developed in one environment (school, for instance)
  • to the requirements of another environment (work)
  • match knowledge about one's own characteristics and abilities to
  • information about job or career opportunities
  • identify, describe, and assess the relative importance of one's needs,
  • values, interest, strengths, and weaknesses
  • develop personal growth goals that are motivating
  • identify and describe skill acquired through formal education and general life experiences
  • identify one's own strengths and weaknesses
  • accept and learn from negative criticism
  • generate trust and confidence in others
  • take risks
  • accepts the consequences of one's actions
  • market one's self to prospective employers

Résumé Examples and Templates

Need a little help getting your résumé started? Here are some samples to help! We encourage you to use these resources and then bring your résumé to the Career Development Center for a critique. A career consultant can make sure you are putting your best foot forward on YOUR résumé.

Attributes Employers Seek on a Résumé (Infograph)

It’s important to know what an employer is looking for when seeking a new employee. No matter the industry, there are some general attributes that an employer is looking for. The National Association of Colleges and Employers conducted a survey, and determined the top 10 skills an employer hopes to see on your résumé.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A CV is a curriculum vitae or vita, and is used to detail your academic credentials and your experiences. Preferred in academic settings, it is usually longer and more detailed than a résumé. Curriculum Vitae (CV) Example

Federal Résumé

The federal résumé is the official application for position vacancies within the Federal Government. Make sure that you read the federal job vacancy announcement VERY carefully and follow it to the letter. It is important to remember that YOU MUST SUBMIT ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION. Some agencies have their own requirements for presenting your application materials. If you fail to submit required documentation or present your application materials exactly as they state, your application can, and/or will be, subject to loss of valuable rating points to elimination from consideration for the vacancy. Federal Résumé Example