3 Resume Writing

Write a Resume

In this short presentation, you will learn:

  1. the purpose of a resume and cover letter

  2. what employers want

  3. one basic format for a resume

  4. why it is important to use the word, "Learned ..." for each job, internship or volunteer experience

Part 1 Purpose

  • The purpose of a resume is get an interview - not a job.

  • A resume talks about the skills and qualities you have and a company might want to use.

  • It's not about you. It's about how a company can you use.

What Do Employers Want?

Every job is different.
  • But for new grads - like you - some requirements are basic. 

When looking at resumes for new grads, employers want someone who:
  • is self motivated and doesn't need a lot of supervision 
  • can solve problems by themselves 
  • is responsible and reliable 
  • can communicate well 
  • can work on a team

Please do not say,

"I am motivated. I communicate well."

That's not good enough.

You have to show that you did it already with:

part-time jobs
club activities
volunteer experience 

Where is the proof?

Your resume will have the proof.
Your cover letter will tell the story. 


Want some examples?

On the side menu, click the JOBS link. A pdf file will open.
  • 2 real job descriptions for intern positions in USA.
  • Jobs ask for basic requirements.


Part 2 Basic Resume Structure

One Basic Format 

Click the TEMPLATE 1 link in the menu.  You are free to change it anyway you like.

Click here to see the pdf file.

Let's look at the different parts.

a) Basic Info 
  • address is not complete 
  • cell number 
  • professional email address   

b) Profile 
A few sentences to summarize your skills.
  • You have to think like employer.
Companies want to see if your skills match their needs.
  • Most employers or recruiters spend 30 seconds reading a resume. 
  • Focus on skills first. That's why it's a good idea to put a profile at the top.

c) Work Experience 
This person has some good experience, so it goes before Education.
  • job title (including part-time) 
  • use Months to show how long you worked there
  • say what you skill you learned use numbers to be more specific 

This person describes 3 skills she learned:
  • Learned entrepreneurial work ethic. 
  • Learned to complete tasks with minimal supervision
  • Learned to listen to others carefully and provide clear directions. 

These skills match what we talked about a few minutes ago:
  • the basic skills that employers want new grads to have. 

d) Education 
  • name of school and major
  • finished or expected graduation date
  • list any accomplishments like scholarships include GPA if it is good and it is a job requirement 

e) Volunteer Experience
  • say place and time 
  • include this if related to the job requirements 
  • be sure to include what skills you learned or used 

 f) Certificates
  • if useful and related to the job requirements