Résumé Writing

The résumé is an indispensable marketing tool for any job candidate. It is a written summary of who you are and should draw attention to your strengths and skills. A résumé should be a purposeful, concise, and organized summary of the experience that you have as you relate to the available position.

Steps to Develop a Résumé

When it comes to résumés, you should always keep these guidelines in mind:

  • Keep your résumé to two pages
  • Use white space effectively
  • Use 10 to 12 size font in a professional style such as Arial; Book Antiqua; Cambria; Garamond; Calibri; Trebuchet; Verdana; Tahoma (no colors or fancy fonts)
  • Align dates on the right side of the page
  • Use consistent formatting (indentation, capitalization, bullets, punctuation, etc.)
  • Create visual interest: Bold, italics, underline, all caps, small caps

NOTE: Teacher certification students use Education, Certification, and Teaching Experience as the first three section headings. Recruiters consistently tell us that this is what they want to see.

Résumé Heading

  • Think of this as your professional letter head.
  • Include full name, phone number, and email address. Physical address is optional.
  •  Your name should be bold and at least one font size larger than content.
  • Consider including your LinkedIn URL.
  • Use your school or personal email address (never work email!). Make sure the email address is professional.

Education

  • List degree title, school name, city and state/country, and graduation month AND year.
  • Do not include “Expected” or “Anticipated” before graduation date.
  • List high school only if relevant to the job.