Resume Writing

What is a résumé?

A résumé is a brief document that summarizes your education, employment history, and experiences that are relevant to your qualifications for a particular job for which you are applying. The purpose of a résumé (along with your cover letter) is to get an interview. Research has shown that it takes an average of ten (10) interviews to receive one (1) job offer, so your résumé needs to be persuasive and perfect. Given this, your résumé must be user-centered and persuasive.

Please follow the following steps when developing the right resume:

Step 1: Find a Job for Your Resume.

  • Don’t do this step after writing your resumes. Identify the specifications of the position you want (required qualifications) and mark down how you meet these qualifications, first.

Step 2: List the important Keywords that relate to the Job.

  • Recruiters and employers search for keywords, so you need to put them in your resume if you want to be found.

Step 3: Choose a Resume Format

One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to resume format. However, a general purpose résumé usually contains four sections:

  • Contact
    • Your full name
    • Your e-mail address
      • Make sure email is written correctly,
      • Must be professional
      • Bad example: Bigdaddy123456@gmail.com.
      • Good example: John.petterson@fiu.edu
    • Your permanent address
      • Wrong addresses can cost you a job offer
    • Your local or campus address (if applicable)
    • Your phone/fax number(s)
      • Always double check. You don’t want to miss an offer call just because you typed the wrong digit.
  • Education: (State the level of your education)
    • Include:
      • Diplomas
      • certificates
  • Experience: ( This section will vary depending on the position you desire)
    • List the experiences (work, intern, volunteering) that only apply and that are beneficial to the company by making you look outstanding.
      • This can be further supported by including skills attained
        • Skills: Excel, Word, Statistic developer, Etc.
  • Honors, activities, and outreach

Three Very Important Tips:

  1. Don’t name your resume, “resume.”
    • About a third of applicants name their resume document, “resume.doc.” Most hiring officers reject resume documents titled as such. By using such a generic file name, the applicant misses a great opportunity to brand themselves (e.g. “John Doe – Quota Crusher”).
    • A good example – Jackie.May.Doc
  2. Keep your statements brief. Don’t be verbose.
  3. Very Important! Turn in a digital copy by mail, the application website if applicable, and turn in a physical copy in person.

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