Resumes

  • Think of your resume as a well-crafted marketing document for yourself. It’s designed to catch the interest of a potential employer and highlight skills related to your career interests. It connects your story to future employers and includes your academic achievements, volunteer experiences, extra-curricular activities, job history and internships. Often, employers initially scan a resume for only a few seconds so you need to communicate your story clearly and concisely to land the interview.

    Looking for feedback on your resume? Contact the Career Development Center to set up an appointment.

    • Consistency and clarity are key to formatting a resume.
    • Keep it brief. A one-page resume should be plenty of room to discuss your experiences.
    • Utilize action verbs to begin each of your bullet points, but vary your word choice.
    • Tailor your resume to each position.
    • Highlight your unique skills and how they would encourage success in the position for which you are applying.  
    • Continually update your resume with each new experience, accomplishment or position.
    • Have your resume reviewed by the Career Development Center, a friend or professor. A second set of eyes can find mistakes you miss.

    Although every person has unique experiences as students and professionals, there are a few topics that everyone should be addressing on their resume.

    Name and Contact Information

    • List your name, current or permanent address, telephone number and personal email address.
        

    Education

    • List institutions you have attended including city and state in reverse chronological order.
    • Include the degree you will receive/have been awarded.
    • Optional Information: GPA (3.0 or above), course highlights, awards/honors, or study abroad.
        

    Experience

    • Describe work, internship, extracurricular, leadership and/or volunteer experiences.
    • Include your title, name of the organization, location and employment dates.
        

    Activities and Professional Affiliations

    • Consider including optional sections that highlight your involvement outside of the classroom or place of employment.
        

    Skills

    • Consider including optional section that highlight skills not mentioned in other sections (examples: foreign language, computer skills)

    Bullet points convey a concise yet complete description of experiences, transferable skills and accomplishments. Use the simple template below to create quality, informative and effective bullet points to add to your resume.

    Start With
    then answer at least one of these questions.
    Start With
    What did you do?
    then answer at least one of these questions.
    How did you do it?
    What was the purpose of it?
    What was the result?
    Who was your audience?
    What did you do?
    1) Led bi-weekly meetings with four team members.
      
    How did you do it?
      
    What was the purpose of it?
    To plan learning objectives and activities for the week.
      
    What was the result?
      
    Who was your audience?
      

     

    Additional Tips for Bullet Points

    • Focus on your accomplishments, but make sure never to exaggerate your experience.
    • Avoid using abbreviations. Assume the employer reading your resume is not familiar with the work you have previously done.
    • Don’t state your previous salary or hours worked.
    • Don’t use personal pronouns.
    • Utilize compelling verbs to add interest to your resume.

     

    Using action verbs makes your resume come alive. They keep the person reading your resume engaged and can help showcase your ability to be creative. Utilize the list below while crafting your resume to help showcase your talents and accomplishments.

    COMMUNICATION
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    Arbitrated
    Arranged
    Articulated
    Assessed
    Authored
    Briefed
    Clarified
    Collaborated
    Communicated
    Composed
    Conducted
    Confronted
    Consulted
    Contacted
    Convinced
    Corresponded
    Critiqued
    Defined
    Deliberated
    Demonstrated
    Described
    Directed
    Drafted
    Edited
    Enabled
    Enlisted
    Facilitated
    Formulated
    Influenced
    Informed
    Interacted
    Interpreted
    Interviewed
    Lectured
    Mediated
    Moderated
    Negotiated
    Persuaded
    Presented
    Promoted
    Publicized
    Published
    Reconciled
    Recruited
    Rectified
    Reported
    Spoke
    Summarized
    Taught
    Trained
    Translated
    Transmitted
    Unified
    Wrote
      
    CREATIVE
    Acted
    Adapted
    Colored
    Composed
    Conceived
    Conceptualized
    Constructed
    Created
    Customized
    Designed
    Developed
    Devised
    Directed
    Drew
    Established
    Fashioned
    Founded
    Formulated
    Generated
    Illustrated
    Initiated
    Innovated
    Instituted
    Introduced
    Invented
    Originated
    Performed
    Photographed
    Pioneered
    Planned
    Produced
    Projected
    Redesigned
    Remodeled
    Revitalized
    Shaped
    Sketched
    Stimulated
    Transformed
    Visualized
      
    FINANCIAL
    Adjusted
    Administered
    Allocated
    Analyzed
    Appraised
    Audited
    Balanced
    Bought
    Budgeted
    Calculated
    Conciliated
    Cut
    Decreased
    Developed
    Dispensed
    Disbursed
    Distributed
    Doubled
    Downsized
    Eliminated
    Economized
    Exceeded
    Figured
    Financed
    Forecast
    Funded
    Gained
    Generated
    Increased
    Invested
    Maintained
    Managed
    Marketed
    Planned
    Projected
    Purchased
    Reconciled
    Reduced
    Reported
    Researched
    Retailed
    Saved
    Secured
    Sold
    Solicited
    Sourced
    Specified
    Supplemented
    Systematized
    Tested
    Tripled
    Underwrote
    Upgraded
    Upsized
    Vended
      
    GENERAL
    Accelerated
    Accomplished
    Achieved
    Adapted
    Adhered
    Advanced
    Appraised
    Arranged
    Assured
    Attained
    Augmented
    Changed
    Chose
    Collected
    Communicated
    Conceptualized
    Conserved
    Contributed
    Coordinated
    Demonstrated
    Evaluated
    Excelled
    Executed
    Expanded
    Facilitated
    Founded
    Guided
    Improved
    Increased
    Initiated
    Integrated
    Launched
    Led
    Optimized
    Organized
    Originated
    Overhauled
    Performed
    Pioneered
    Prioritized
    Promoted
    Proposed
    Reduced losses
    Resolved problems
    Restored
    Solved
    Spearheaded
    Stimulated
    Streamlined
    Strengthened
    Trained
    Tailored
    Traveled
    Updated
    Upgraded
    Validated
    Visualized
    Won
      
    HELPING
    Advanced
    Advised
    Aided
    Arbitrated
    Assessed
    Assisted
    Attended
    Augmented
    Backed
    Braced
    Boosted
    Clarified
    Coached
    Collaborated
    Comforted
    Consoled
    Consulted
    Counseled
    Diagnosed
    Educated
    Encouraged
    Expedited
    Facilitated
    Familiarized
    Fostered
    Guided
    Helped
    Inspired
    Instilled
    Mediated
    Mentored
    Ministered
    Motivated
    Negotiated
    Nourished
    Nursed
    Nurtured
    Optimized
    Promoted
    Reassured
    Referred
    Rehabilitated
    Represented
    Served
    Settled
    Supported
    Supplied
    Stabilized
    Streamlined
    Translated
    Treated
    Tutored
    Unified
    Volunteered
      
    LEADERSHIP/ MANAGEMENT
    Administered
    Advised
    Analyzed
    Approved
    Assigned
    Attained
    Authorized
    Chaired
    Consolidated
    Contracted
    Coordinated
    Delegated
    Determined
    Developed
    Directed
    Enforced
    Ensured
    Evaluated
    Executed
    Formalized
    Guided
    Headed
    Hired
    Initiated
    Influenced
    Instituted
    Launched
    Led
    Managed
    Mediated
    Monitored
    Motivated
    Negotiated
    Organized
    Originated
    Oversaw
    Pioneered
    Presided
    Prioritized
    Produced
    Promoted
    Recommended
    Represented
    Responded
    Reviewed
    Scheduled
    Sponsored
    Streamlined
    Steered
    Strengthened
    Structured
    Supervised
    Trained
      
    OFFICE
    Administered
    Allocated
    Arranged
    Assisted
    Balanced
    Budgeted
    Catalogued
    Charted
    Collected
    Compiled
    Completed
    Contributed
    Corresponded
    Defined
    Determined
    Dispatched
    Distributed
    Documented
    Drafted
    Enlarged
    Evaluated
    Executed
    Filed
    Followed up
    Formalized
    Hired
    Identified
    Implemented
    Inspected
    Justified
    Maintained
    Managed
    Monitored
    Operated
    Ordered
    Organized
    Packaged
    Planned
    Prepared
    Processed
    Procured
    Proofread
    Provided
    Purchased
    Recorded
    Resolved
    Scheduled
    Screened
    Secured
    Solved
    Specified
    Systematized
    Tabulated
    Transcribed
    Word processed
      
    RESERCH
    Administered Amplified
    Analyzed
    Applied
    Articulated
    Assessed
    Audited
    Augmented
    Balanced
    Calculated
    Charted
    Clarified
    Collected
    Compared
    Compiled
    Concentrated
    Conducted
    Constructed
    Consulted
    Critiqued
    Detected
    Determined
    Diagnosed
    Discovered
    Documented
    Evaluated
    Examined
    Exhibited
    Experimented
    Explored
    Extracted
    Focused
    Forecast
    Found
    Generated
    Grouped
    Identified
    Inspected
    Integrated
    Interpreted
    Interviewed
    Invented
    Investigated
    Located
    Measured
    Obtained
    Pinpointed
    Planned
    Prepared
    Processed
    Researched
    Reviewed
    Screened
    Searched
    Summarized
    Surveyed
    Systematized
    Unearthed
      
    SALES
    Arbitrated
    Bargained
    Bought
    Catalogued
    Centralized
    Consulted
    Convinced
    Documented
    Established
    Familiarized
    Identified
    Implemented
    Improved
    Increased
    Influenced
    Inspired
    Installed
    Investigated
    Judged
    Launched
    Led
    Maintained
    Marketed
    Mediated
    Merchandized
    Moderated
    Negotiated
    Obtained
    Ordered
    Performed
    Planned
    Processed
    Produced
    Promoted
    Proposed
    Publicized
    Purchased
    Realized
    Recruited
    Reduced
    Reported
    Researched
    Retailed
    Reviewed
    Routed
    Saved
    Served
    Set Goals
    Sold
    Stimulated
    Summarized
    Surveyed
    Translated
    Vended
      
    TEACHING
    Acquainted
    Adapted
    Advised
    Answered
    Apprised
    Augmented
    Briefed
    Built
    Certified
    Charted
    Clarified
    Coached
    Collaborated
    Communicated
    Conducted
    Delivered
    Demystified
    Designed
    Developed
    Directed
    Distributed
    Educated
    Effected
    Empowered
    Enabled
    Enacted
    Encouraged
    Evaluated
    Expanded
    Explained
    Facilitated
    Formulated
    Generated
    Graded
    Grouped
    Guided
    Implemented
    Influenced
    Informed
    Initiated
    Innovated
    Instituted
    Instructed
    Integrated
    Lectured
    Listened
    Originated
    Persuaded
    Presented
    Revolutionized
    Set Goals
    Stimulated
    Summarized Taught
    Trained
    Translated
    Tutored
      
    TECHNICAL
    Analyzed
    Assembled
    Built
    Calculated
    Charted
    Compiled
    Computed
    Conceived
    Conducted
    Designed
    Detected
    Developed
    Devised
    Eliminated
    Engineered
    Expedited
    Fabricated
    Facilitated
    Forecast
    Formed
    Generated
    Improved
    Inspected
    Installed
    Instituted
    Integrated
    Interfaced
    Launched
    Maintained
    Mastered
    Modified
    Molded
    Operated
    Overhauled
    Pioneered
    Prepared
    Processed
    Programmed
    Reconstructed
    Remodeled
    Repaired
    Researched
    Revamped
    Solved
    Streamlined
    Supplemented
    Surveyed
    Systematized
    Tested
    Upgraded
    Validated