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RESUMES

A RESUME IS

  • A marketing tool for your job and internship search
  • An individually designed document tailored to each application
  • A highlight of your background, experience, and skills
  • Used by employers as a screening device
  • Just one piece of the job search process

WHAT'S ON A RESUME?

Resume Sections
Identifying information Name, address, phone number, and e-mail address. If you have an eportfolio, professional blog, or LinkedIn profile, you may include that information as well.
Objective or Summary This is optional, and more common when using the resume for a purpose that does not include submitting a cover letter. If you choose to include one, it should be a short, specific statement that includes position, industry, and relevant skills.
Education

In reverse-chronological order, this section includes the schools you have attended, graduation date or dates of attendance, as well as degrees sought or completed.

Other information may include: related coursework, scholarships and honors, percentage of college expenses earned by you, and special projects such as research or teaching.

Experience

This section includes all experiences types such as work, volunteering, extracurricular activities, class projects. List in reverse-chronological order and include the following information

  • Job Title or Role
  • Company / Organization Name
  • Location (city and state or country)
  • Month and Year of Employment or Service
  • Description of experience including level of responsibility, breadth of exposure and acquired skills.

This section may be divided into multiple subsections with separate headings. Examples include:


  • Relevant Experience
  • Class Projects
  • Leadership
  • Service Experience
  • Research Experience
  • Student Organization Involvement

Focus on what you want employers to notice first. They will read top to bottom, so make sure the sections most relevant come at the top of the page after education.

Skills This may include knowledge of specific computer programs, lab test methods, language skills, or earned certifications. Depending on your industry area of interest, you may choose to place this section closer to the top of the page.

 

LANGUAGE

Resume language should be professional, succinct, and expressive. Make the reader pay attention by using strong action verbs.

  • Use the minimum number of words necessary to convey meaning
  • Use precise action verbs to describe accomplishments and responsibilities (i.e. "Supervised 4 accounts that resulted in..." rather than "Responsible for supervising 4 accounts...")
  • Avoid personal pronouns, but write in the first person
  • Leave out articles: a, an, the. Use short sentences or phrases
  • Use parallel grammatical structures and consistent verb tenses

BUILD YOUR BULLET POINTS

In your experience sections, describe what you achieved in each of your roles. Go beyond the "duties" of your role and describe specific tasks and accomplishments! Help the reader to understand the context, scope, and significance of your experience.

PHRASE FORMULA

SKILL [strong action verb] + SPECIFIC TASK [job / responsibility] + OUTCOME / IMPACT [how / why]

Try the "5 W and H" questions to help you brainstorm what to include

  • WHO I Who did your experience help?
  • WHAT I What did you actually do? What was the result of your actions?
  • WHERE I Where did your experience take place?
  • WHEN I When did this happen?
  • WHY I Why did your experience matter? What was the overall impact?
  • HOW I How did you do your work? How does your experience relate to what you're applying for?

EXAMPLES

  • Wrote C++ static performance code to calculate performance data
  • Managed capital projects with budgets up to $20,000 from the design to startup phases
  • Conducted sieve analysis and verified quality of mortar per the requirements of ASTM C790 standards

TEAM PROJECT EXAMPLE

Senior Design Project  I  Department Name                                                            January - May 2020
Team Lead

  • Coordinated with a team of four engineering students to design plans and renovate a building on campus while pursuing a LEED Platinum certification

RESUME TYPES

Master Resume

Every resume you send with a job application should be customized to that specific opportunity. However, you won't want to begin each resume from scratch. A "master" resume should house a wide variety of experience and serve as a digest from which to draw upon for your industry-specific resumes.

Tailored Resume

You need a customized resume for every job application. A tailored resume signals two important things to employers:

  • It makes you stand out as a more appealing and relevant candidate.
  • It shows the employer you put forth time and thoughtfulness when applying and didn't simply send your general resume to every employer you could find.

ACTION VERBS

Each descriptive phrase in your resume should begin with a strong action verb, and verbs should not repeat themselves throughout your document. Use the list below to identify verbs descriptive of your experiences.

 

RESUME SAMPLES

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Sophomore
Mechanical
Computer Science


RESOURCES

AU Job Search Guide Check out resume samples

Vault Resume + cover letter samples by discipline and/or major

Quinncia I Instant feedback virtual resume review. Use your Auburn email address to create an account

Nuts + Bolts of Engineering Resumes  I  Attend a one-hour workshop about the basics of building a resume

Resume + Cover Letter Reviews  Meet with an Engineering Career Coach at drop-ins or schedule an appointment in Handshake