Resumé Writing


What is a Resume? A resume is a data sheet that markets your credentials. It outlines your skills and qualifications and prompts potential employers to talk to you further about the opportunities they offer. A resume gets you in the door, but it doesn’t get you the job. You’ll get a job offer as a result of successful interviews.



  1. Take the time to tailor your resume to the specific position that you are applying for. Don’t send your standard resume for every opportunity. Read the requirements for the open position and then make sure that your resume addresses those requirements. It’s OK to BOLDFACE where your resume matches the position requirements. Make it easy for the reviewer to determine that you are a good candidate for this position.

  2. Put your contact information at the top of your resume. Include your name, phone number, email address, and street address.

  3. Next, put an “OBJECTIVE” statement. If you are applying for a Summer Intern position that requires Java programming experience, your Objective Statement might say: “Objective: To find a summer intern position that involves web design and takes advantage of my Java experience”.

  4. Next, put your Education information. Start with your highest degree first. Include your major and graduation (or expected graduation) date. Include your GPA if it is above 3.0. List 5-10 “Relevant Courses” such as Computer Science, Engineering, and Math courses, including the ones you are currently taking. List 2-3 “Relevant Projects”, including what your role in the project was and any tools (C, Java, Autocad, etc.) that you used for the project. Do not include High School information.

  5. Next, put your work experience. In nearly all cases, start with your most recent work experience. List your employer, position, and dates of employment. Describe what you did, including and tools that you used Oracle, etc.). Be very specific: “Designed audio amplifier with two channel inputs, three-band graphic equalizer, and master volume control” or “Designed and developed an Enterprise Ticketing System using J2EE, MySQL database, and Jrun Application Server”. List any leadership experience: “Led 3-person help desk team that resolved an average of 60 user calls per day”. If your experience is not related to the job you are applying for, keep it very brief.

  6. Next, list your “Skills”. This could include programming languages, engineering equipment, methodologies, interpersonal skills (“developing detailed system requirements via user interviews”), and languages. If appropriate, first list what you are an expert in (“Proficient in…”), followed by Other Skills (Additional skills include…”).

  7. Next, list Awards and Honors. This could include competitions won, memberships in honor societies, etc.

  8. State “References available upon request”. Don’t include them on your resume.

  9. If you are a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident, include that information if it is a requirement for the position