Your résumé advertises you as a candidate for a job, internship or other position. Résumés are used as a primary screening to determine the most qualified applicants. The first step to catch the recruiter’s eye or pass through an electronic screening system is creating a résumé that effectively shows your experiences and skills.
Your résumé should highlight your knowledge, skills, abilities, experiences and accomplishments as they relate to your career goals.
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Federal or State Government Résumé
Your résumé connects your experiences and skills to the position you apply for and shows why they make you the ideal candidate. Elaborate on the skills you gained from your experiences, don’t just list them. Tailor each résumé to a specific opportunity. Every company and field is different; get advice on résumé norms from a professor, advisor or someone working in the industry.
Summary of Qualifications/Professional Summary
Leadership and Involvement
Additional Section Examples
Power statements create a more powerful résumé. They highlight your achievements, illustrate your tasks, quantify your results and show your impact in a role. Jobs, internships, community service, club involvement, military experience and projects should all be backed up with power statements. A power statement should be no more than two lines.
A power statement is made up of an action component (an action word plus a concise description of a task), followed by a results component (quantified results and other concrete evidence).
Action component: Describe your actions to complete a task or solve a problem by using an action word.
Results Component: Your results illustrate how your efforts can translate to the organization to which you are applying.
On Your Way
Use action words to illustrate your skills. Each statement in your résumé should begin with an action word. Use present tense for current positions and past tense for previous ones.