Resumes & CVs

A resume is often the first document students create to tell their story. Highlighting your skills, accomplishments and experiences can help the reader understand how you might fit the specific needs of the position they are looking to fill. The steps below can help you as you think of ways to communicate the unique values that you can contribute to an organization. Quinncia, an interactive artificial intelligence-based platform, can also help you create a strong resume by offering feedback and suggestions.

Content

Sections to include:

  • Education. Consider including your major(s), minor(s), clusters as well as study abroad experience. First and second year students can include high school.
  • Experience. Include internships, research, part-time, summer, and volunteer work. Include recent and relevant experiences that effectively communicate your skills and abilities to a prospective employer. You’ll need to make choices regarding what to include and what to omit based on audience and how much space remains on the page. When describing duties or projects, don’t use “I” or “we”. Simply start each sentence with an active verb in the past or present tense.
  • Activities and leadership experience. Highlight your career competencies, any student organizations you belong to, as well as any extracurricular roles you may have engaged in.
  • Skills. These might include technical, computer or software, laboratory, foreign languages, etc.

Enhancements (for specific industries or students with more experience):

  • Summary of qualifications. Connect your knowledge, skills, and abilities to the specific employer’s qualifications.
  • Coursework and projects. Consider highlighting academic work related to your job or internship goals.
  • Honors and awards. Briefly describe each award.
  • Interests. Differentiate yourself and connect to the reader by highlighting things that appeal to you.

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