Office of Career Services
A Resume is . . .
- An individually designed document.
- A conventional professional document, without fancy frills.
- A document that is easy to read.
- An outline of your experience; avoid excessive details.
- Used by employers as a screening device.
- Just ONE piece of the job search process.
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Additional industry specific resumes may be accessed by contacting a career development specialist or by scheduling an appointment.
Format & Style
- One page in length.
- If you have more than 10 years of experience, two pages is acceptable, but one page is preferred.
- Use sans serif fonts such as Helvetica, Calibri, Arial and Times New Roman.
- Use a font size of 11 to 12 points.
Things to Avoid
- The use of borders and lines that you draw across the page.
- The use of Italics.
- Use of fancy bullet points; use the standard solid dot.
- The use of icons, graphics and images.
- The use of headers for your name and contact information.
- The use of tables.
- The use of auto-formatted resume software.
Language & Grammar
The average amount of time your resume is viewed for the first time is seven seconds. In that time an employer will make a decision to read further or to put it in the no pile. Therefore the most important pieces of information must be at the top of your resume; your name, contact information, objective, skill set and education. Equally as important, your objective and skill set should directly align with the job you are applying for.
- Resume language should be succinct and expressive.
- Use short sentences, phrases or keywords.
- Use the minimum number of words necessary to convey meaning.
- Avoid personal pronouns.
- Use parallel grammatical structures and consistent verb tenses.
- Include name, address, telephone and professional email.
- Make sure that your address, telephone and email address are ones that you check often.
- Telephone: Make sure that your voice mail is professional and you remove ringback tones.
- Email: Make sure your email address is professional. Avoid the use of free email extensions such as Gmail or Yahoo as employers may block these as spam.
- NO: email@example.com
- YES: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Optional but highly recommended if not submitting a cover letter with your application.
- Employers recommend using an objective statement only if the statement includes skills that are specific to the job that you are applying for.
- Employers will reject such statements as: A position that will utilize my skills and abilities to advance my career.
Summary of Qualifications
Use this section to highlight your qualifications that are relevant to the job requirements.
In this section, you should include:
- Language Skills
- "Proficient in Spanish, both oral and verbal."
- Technical Skills (Programming Languages, Industry Specific Software)
- "Proficient in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator."
- "Proficient in SPSS."
- "Six years proficiency in Autodesk AutoCAD."
- Transferable Skills
- Indicate your level of expertise in those skills.
- Certifications that are required for the position.
- Indicate numbers and statistics that make your sentences pop out.
- Be prepared to speak about your summary of qualifications in the interview.
- How to Create a Summary of Qualification Statement
- Optimizing Your Resume for Scanning and Tracking Systems
Academic credentials are very important to an employer, particularly if you are relatively new to the world of work or if you are pursuing a job that requires specific training.
- List your educational background in reverse chronological order; starting with your most recent degree and working your way backwards.
- Do NOT list high school education.
- Only include schools that you currently attend and previous schools where you earned a degree or certification.
- Include the following:
- Formal name of your institution.
- The University of Texas at Tyler.
- City and state where the school is located.
- Tyler, Texas.
- Full degree title:
- Associate of Arts or Science.
- Bachelor of Arts or Science.
- Master of Arts or Sciences.
- Include the formal name of your major:
- Major: Psychology.
- Graduation year or anticipated graduation year.
- May 2014 or 2014.
- Formal name of your institution.
- List study abroad experience, academic honors and awards.
- List dissertation and thesis topics.
- If your grade point average (GPA) is 3.5 or higher you should include it in this section.
- The only majors that require listing the GPA are accounting and engineering majors.
The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, Texas, 2014
Bachelor of Science
An employer will look over your resume to see what experiences and skills you have gained so far and determine the relevancy to the current position.
- Do not limit yourself to paid experiences. Include volunteer work, internships, projects and leadership in campus and community organizations that are relevant to the position you are applying for.
- List experience in reverse chronological order (begin with your most current position).
- List the following:
- Position title.
- Company name.
- City and state where company is located.
- Start year of employment to end year of employment (ex. 2010-2014).
- Highlight your key accomplishments, responsibilities and skills that are relevant to the position you are applying for.
Use bullet points.
Begin every bullet point with an action verbs.pdf.
Use correct verb tense:
Use past tense if you no longer work in that position.
Use present tense if you currently work in that position.
East Texas Medical Center, Tyler, Texas, Fall 2013.
Family Therapy Intern
• Conduct complete clinical assessments
• Develop treatment plans
• Manage caseload of 15 clients
Employers want to see your work history. Use this section to list other work experience that is not necessarily relevant to the position you are applying for.