Your resume is a marketing tool; it promotes you as an ideal candidate to potential
employers. The goal in writing a resume is to make yourself attractive to potential
employers, securing you the opportunity to interview with the organization.
Meet with a Peer Career Advisor for resume
and cover letter advice and/or a critique. Weekly walk-in hours are available at
both the Loop and Lincoln Park Career Centers.
There is no one “right” way to write a resume – the most effective format depends
on what you have done and what you are trying to accomplish.
Experience is listed from most recent to least. Job titles and employers are emphasized
in order to show a progressive job history. Your responsibilities, skills and accomplishments
are described in detail. This type of resume very clearly displays your work history
and is the most commonly used resume type.
Identifies and highlights skills and accomplishments you have learned from previous
employment and experiences (i.e., classroom and/or volunteer) and divides them into
three or more categories according to a common, skill-based theme. This format allows
the writer to focus on relevant skills rather than recent positions.