Basic Resume Components
Personal Contact Information
Include your name, school address, phone, and e-mail address, permanent address and
phone and the date at which you will be returning to your permanent address.
The objective describes the candidate's direction and purpose. It is also an indicator
of organizational abilities. The objective should be short, concise, and focused on
the position and/or industry you are targeting.
Include your degree(s) earned, college(s) attended, major(s), additional course concentrations
or minors. Also list your date of gradution and grade point average if it is a 3.0
or better. You may also want to include a section on related coursework listing any
advanced courses you have completed that directly relate to the type of employment
you are seeking. Computer skills could be included in this or a separate section.
High school information should not be included.
This section should include the following information about your employment history:
(1) position held; (2) name and location of organization; (3) dates employed; (4)
job responsibilities; (5) demonstrated abilities or skills.
The use of "action words" such as "created," "planned," "analyzed," and "initiated"
will go far in aiding your ability to create a positive and comprehensive description
of your employment background. A listing of additional action words is included in
this guide to assist you in making a persuasive presentation of your work experience.
Typically, employers are interested in work experience gained during college years.
Internships, co-op programs, part-time work, work-study, volunteer positions and campus
leadership positions should be listed here. In most cases, experiences during high
school should be omitted from your resume, unless it supports your career objective.
Honors and Activities
Campus or community organizations and/or received academic honors should be included
in your resume. Be certain to indicate in this section any leadership roles you have
held such as elected offices, campus committees, and the like. Involvement of this
type is particularly indicative of your ability and potential. Memberships in nationally
recognized professional associations are also worthy of inclusion. Beware, however,
of simply listing organizations to which you belonged but were not an active member
in college. Most employers can spot mere "resume fillers" at a glance.
If space permits, you may wish to include an interests section. Indicating your interests
can provide employers with a more complete picture of your background and personality.
Most resume writing guides indicate that "references Available/Furnished Upon Request"
is an acceptable means of providing recommendations for employers. Prepare a separate
reference page completed in the same typeface and on the same paper as the resume,
to submit if requested.