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What is a Résumé?
- Your résumé is a marketing tool
- A way for you to “sell yourself”
- A good resume is one that works = getting you invited for an interview
- Reflects your skills, knowledge
- Explains what makes you an ideal candidate
- Used in interview process
Why Do I Need a Résumé?
- It gives your future supervisor an idea of who you are and what your strengths/skills are
- It gives you a “cheat sheet” for advertising your skills to an employer
- You are going to need one eventually—both for internships, part time and post-graduate employment or graduate school
The Chronological Résumé
- Keep it simple, one page
- No templates!
- Résumé paper white or off white, heavier stock
- Stay away from Italics, excessive underlining, script.
- Font should be Times or Arial, 10-14 point
- Bullets simple, no images
- Spill cheek. (Spell Check)
- Consistency with margins and headings
Point to Remember
- Your résumé is a marketing tool, not a biography
- A résumé should be one typewritten page exactly—no more, no less
- Any experience—whether paid, volunteer, or extracurricular—is worth considering for your résumé
- Proofread carefully for spelling and grammar