Your resume is your marketing tool to get an interview for a position. It should show employers exactly why they should interview you vs. someone else.
What Employers Look For
Information that ties your experience, skills, and education to the needs of the organization
- Education: in reverse chronological order, stating name of school, location (city, state), and degree. Note GPA if above 3.0, as well as special coursework, honors
- Experience: in reverse chronological order, stating name of employer, location (city, state), job title, and job description. List both related and non-related jobs to show continuity. Use "strong" verbs: analyzed, wrote, created, developed
- Skills: include software, industry-related equipment
- Activities: include on- and off-campus activities and sports that demonstrate teamwork, leadership
- Professional memberships and certifications
- A functionally formatted, one-page resume that can be skimmed quickly, with good use of white space
- Never use resume templates or wizards. They are easy to spot and some employers may perceive you as being lazy or having a lack of creativity.
- Never use I, me, my. The resume is all about you so you do not need to use these words.
- Do not use periods at the end of bullet statements
- Your resume should be 1 page unless you have at least 5-10 years of relevant experience
- Write dates consistently. Use either 8/2008 or August 2008 or Aug 2008 consistently throughout your resume.
- List the city, state/country for each of your schools and experiences. NYIT's city, state should be either New York, NY or Old Westbury, NY
- List education and experience in reverse chronological order. Start with the latest experience and work back in time.
- Do not include "references available upon request"
- Do not include references on your resume. They should be a separate document provided to employers only when they ask for it.
- Your objective is a clear statement about the job you want or industry you wish to work in. Examples: To obtain an internship in software development. To obtain a position in information technology
- Unless you are a freshman or went to a high school related to your field, remove high school. Limit high school activities unless you are still participating in those activities
- Write out the full name of your degrees: Bachelor of Professional Studies in Hospitality Management, Associate of Applied Science in Computer Science
- Simply put the date you expect to graduate. Example: Bachelor of Science in Advertising, May 2010
- Be specific about your accomplishments. Instead of "managed staff" write "managed staff of 5"
- Use a verb (action word) to start each bullet. Never use "responsible for." Example: "Developed software using C++ to manage payroll for 1000 employees"
- Instead of using paragraphs to describe what you did on a job, use a list of bullets. This is easier to read and will increase the chances of employers reading your accomplishments
Include a skills section (or technical skills section for technical majors) to highlight your skills. Categorize them if you have many skills. Example:
- Database management
- Programming Languages
- Editing software
- Design software
- Spoken Languages
What Not to Include
- Your photograph
- Names of references. They should be a separate document provided to employers only when they ask for it.
- Marital status
- Salary requirements
- References to political or religious affiliations; although organizations that demonstrate diversity outreach can be listed
- Exaggerations or mentioning skills with no explanation of how skills were attained
To view sample resumes, check out the resume section of the Career Resource Guide (pdf).