Student Professional Development Center

Creating a Resume

Your resume serves as your first introduction to a potential employer, so make sure that it sends the right message! Use these tips, review sample resumes, and read our FAQs to help you create a well-written resume that is sure to highlight your skills and impress potential employers.

  • Be organized – Start by making a list of all your work experiences, internships, volunteer work, student organization membership, education/certifications, and skills. Use our guide to select appropriate section headings and use them to organize your resume!
  • Don’t get too fancy – using a template might seem like an easy solution, but will be a hassle when you add more information to your resume. Create your resume as a Word document and use bullets, section titles, and other formatting tools to make your resume organized and easy-to-read.
  • Get to the point fast – When organizing your resume, place your most relevant and recent details at the top. If a potential employer doesn’t take the time to read your entire resume, you want them to get the most important content first.
  • Use powerful words our list of action verbs is a great guide for creating impressive descriptions of your achievements. Using creative action verbs catches a potential employer’s eye more than bland or repetitive descriptions.   
  • Play the numbers game – provide specific examples of how you contributed to a former employer or as a member of a student organizations, i.e. you improved social media interaction by 20%, or you placed 500 sales calls and sold 187 season tickets.
  • Cater to a career – target your resume to the specific job or internship description; if you are just starting out, shape your resume according to your desired career field or a potential internship position.
  • Don’t be Pinocchio –do not misrepresent yourself as being more qualified or skilled than you are; lying on your resume harms your integrity and can leave potential employers with a seriously bad first impression.
  • Presentation is everything – when submitting your resume by mail, print both your resume and cover letter on the same high-quality paper. When submitting your resume by email, submit it as a PDF and title it with your first name, last name, and the position you are applying for, if applicable (i.e. Tyler Thomspon Recruitment Coordinator Resume)
  • Ask for help – creating a resume for the first time or updating an existing one can be overwhelming. Utilize the team of Student Professional Development Center advisors early on, and often, attend events, call to make an appointment, and check out these sample resumes.