How Do I Develop A Resume?
Building a resume is an important step in the process of you applying for a job or internship as well as applying for admissions to other colleges/universities and scholarships.
A resume is a document that summarizes your qualifications for an opportunity that usually includes your education, work experience, skills, awards, honors, certifications and licensures, activities, and etc. as well as an objective or personal summary.
There are three basic types of resume formats:
- Chronological Format: a resume formatted according to date order of your accomplishments and qualifications; this format is typically used if you have a steady employment history and a record of increased responsibilities over time as well as if you are staying in the same career field.
- Functional Format: a resume formatted according to order of importance of your accomplishments and qualifications and often using summarizations; this format is typically used if you have an intermittent employment history and transferrable skills as well as if you are changing career fields.
- Blended/Mixed Format: a resume formatted according to both date order and order of importance of your accomplishments and qualifications; this format is typically used if you have specific needs that can only be met through a combined format.
You may begin to develop a resume by completing these steps:
- Fill out the Resume Development Guide.
- Open up a word processing program such as Microsoft Word.
- Format a new document or use a resume template.
- Type in your career information.
- Tailor the resume to a specific opportunity.
- Make it professional and show your personality.
- As needed, request that someone in your network critique your resume.
- As needed, request that a career counselor critique your resume; critiques are by appointment only.
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