Resume

Resume 1500x500

How will you stand out?

Take the time to find the right words that show why your experience matters. 

Writing a Resume

A resume is often the first sense a recruiter has of you, your abilities, and accomplishments. Resumes receive about six seconds of a recruiter’s time, so don’t try to include everything. Think of it as a tool that markets your most applicable skills and experiences. 

Resume Samples

First Year Resume

Early Resume
 

Resume Checklist

General Format

Is the resume one page?  


 

Yes

No

Is the first and last name at the top of the page in bold? Are address, phone number, and email easy to read?

Yes

No

Are the headings and statements evenly spaced?

Yes

No

Does the education section follow directly after the contact information?

Yes

No

Is formatting (e.g. bold, font, bullet sizes, heading styles) consistent throughout the resume?

Yes

No

Are verb tenses present tense for current experiences; past for previous experiences?

Yes

No

 

Are there approximately 1-4 statements in bulleted format under the Experience section?


 

Yes

No

Content

If included, does the Objective statement clearly state industry, position, and 2-3 skill sets?

Yes

No

Does the resume include the applicable headings? Education, Experience, Activities/Leadership/Service, and Skills?

Yes

No

Does the Education section state official degree and graduation date?

Yes

No

Is the cumulative GPA included if higher than 3.0?

Yes

No

Is the resume free of personal pronouns (e.g. no references to “I”, “we”, “me”, “us”, “my”)?


 

Yes

No

Do the bulleted descriptions demonstrate major accomplishments rather than routine tasks/duties and are they quantifiable when possible?

Yes

No

Do the bulleted descriptions start with action verbs and demonstrate the use of key skills?

Yes

No

Is the resume completely free from spelling, punctuation, abbreviations, and grammatical errors?


 

Yes

No

Action Verb List

Resume Action Words


Avoid using common words such as helped, worked, and responsible for.

A
accelerated

accommodated

accomplished 

accounted for

achieved

acquainted

acquired

adapted

added

adjusted

administered

advertised

advised

advocated

aided

altered

analyzed

anticipated

applied

appraised

approved

arbitrated

arranged

assisted

assumed

attached

attained

attended

augmented

authored

B
balanced

bolstered

briefed

budgeted

built

C
calculated

cataloged

caused

chaired

changed

charted

checked

circulated

classified

cleared up

collaborated

collected

combined

compiled

completed

computed

condensed

conducted

conferred

consolidated

constructed

consulted

controlled

converted

 

convinced

coordinated

copied

corrected

counseled

counted

created

critiqued

D
debated

decided

defined

delegated

delivered

demonstrated

designed

detached

determined

developed

devised

directed

disclosed

discovered

dispatched

displayed

distributed

drafted

dramatized

E
earned

edited

educated

entered

established

estimated

evaluated

examined

executed

expanded

expedited

explained

explored

extended

F
facilitated

familiarized

filed

forecasted

foresaw

formulated

fostered

found

founded
 

G
gained

gathered

generated

governed

H
handled

heightened

highlighted

I
identified

illustrated

implemented

improved

incorporated

increased

informed

initiated

innovated

inspected

inspired

instructed

interpreted

interviewed

invented

inventoried

invested

investigated
 

J
joined

judged
 

K
keyed
 

L
laminated

launched

lectured

lead

learned

led

liaised

logged

M
maintained

managed

marketed

maximized

measured

medicated

merged

modified

monitored

motivated
 

N
negotiated

notified


O
observed

obtained

opened

operated

orchestrated

ordered

organized

P
participated

perceived

performed

persuaded

planned

prepared

presented

processed

procured

produced

profited

programed

projected

promoted

proofed

proposed

proved

provided

publicized

published

purchased

Q
qualified

R
rated

received

recognized

recommended

recorded

recruited

reduced

referred

regulated

reorganized

repaired

replaced

reported

represented

researched

resolved

restored

restructured

resulted in

returned

revealed

reviewed

revised

S
saved

scheduled

screened

scrutinized

selected

sent

served

set

shipped

showed

sold

solved

sought

specified

spoke

sponsored

stabilized

started

stopped

straightened

streamlined

strengthened

studied

submitted

suggested

summarized

supervised

supplemented

surpassed

 

T
taught

terminated

tested

trained

transferred
 

U
unified

updated

upgraded

utilized