Writing a Winning Resume

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A resume is your employment history, education, and accomplishments on paper.  It is your first impression with an organization; the primary purpose of your resume is to attract potential employers and get an interview.

A resume should be one page. The sections you should include are: 

  • Name/Contact Info
  • Education
  • Work History
  • Skills
  • Achievements

There should be no personal information (except contact info) listed; It should be strictly business.

When beginning your resume, brainstorm all previous jobs, internships, leadership roles in school, and extracurricular activities.  For each experience, you should have one to two sentences describing what you did, what skills made you successful, and any achievements you had in that role.  List experiences in chronological order, with the most recent positions being at the top.

Follow these strategies to make your resume stand out:

  • Use bullet points for each job
  • Take up the paper; the less white space the better
  • Don’t use a template found online
  • Have a header including your name in a larger font than the rest of the resume
  • Use a variety of bold and italic fonts to highlight different aspects
  • Include any awards, recognitions, scholarships, or clubs
  • Highlight unique skills such as computer skills, foreign languages, or certifications

When emailing to a potential employer, use PDF format and save as YourLastName.Resume

Next, learn to master that cover letter, organize your job search, and rock that interview. See what it takes to work as a minor.