To create a first impression that will take you to the next level in the job-search process
To organize and present a succinct and effective summary of your skills and experiences
Tips for Creating an Effective Resume
With your resume, you are creating a first impression, so it is imperative that this document contain NO errors. Your spelling, grammar and punctuation must be perfect. Have more than one person read your resume. It can be difficult to pick up on minor errors that you have made yourself. Choose your words carefully and make sure they mean what you intend for them to mean.
Keep your resume to one page. If you have had extensive experience that is relevant to your ambition and simply cannot condense it all into one page, it is best to consult with a career counselor for advice. Some industries are more tolerant of two-page resumes than others and your advisor can help you with this issue. Be aware, however, that there are some employers who simply will not look at a two-page resume from a college student, regardless of what’s on it.
Present yourself in the best possible light, but not at the expense of honesty. Misrepresenting yourself on your resume speaks to your integrity—and not in a good way.
Odds are that on the first go-through, your resume will only get a 15-second or so glance. Think about what you want a reader to get in your 15 seconds and structure your resume accordingly. On a one-page resume, a reader will likely break the page into quadrants as he or she looks at it. The top left quadrant will draw their attention first. Make sure that the information you feel is most important is viewable in that first quadrant.
Read the job description carefully and match yourself and your qualifications to it as well as you can. Objective statements should address the particular job or internship for which you are applying. One-size objective statements do not fit all.
Don’t lock yourself into one resume. Adapt it as needed. You may choose to alter the layout of your resume for different situations or to add/remove information if it works to your advantage to do so. Do not be afraid to change your resume.