Creating-a-Resume: There’s a wealth of information out there — search for it!  Look at examples and use templates to format your resume clearly, logically, and attractively.  

Click continue reading below for examples and more guidelines


A few resume rules of thumb on resumes:

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Quadrant Test from Purdue OWL: make sure there’s about the same amount of white space and text in all four quadrants

  • Make it neat! and aesthetically appealing (see quadrant test or rule of thirds) There are a number of templates embedded in word processing programs such as Word, Pages and Google Docs that make this easy.
  • Make it perfect (no grammatical or spelling errors whatsoever!)  But complete sentence aren’t necessary.
  • Use strong , assertive diction, like these: Action words for resumes
  • Keep it brief (one page is probably enough at your age) — ever look at a book and, although it might have been interesting, decided not to read it because it was too long?  People typically look at a resume for 20 seconds unless it catches their attention, so being too sparse or too long means you might get passed by. If you do have multiple pages, they should all be balanced. You never want a page with only a few lines of text.
  • Add benefits and specific accomplishments for each position — numbers like % of goals met, suggesting a change to procedures which increased customer satisfaction or efficiency by x%, etc. are always helpful . . . as are accomplishments like Cashier of the Week or Coaches Award
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    Make it neat, make it organized, make it pretty

    Include any and all skills and software or platform experience you have; again, be specific

  • Include relevant or significant volunteer work and service learning.
  • Put the most important and impressive things in the beginning — if you have little to no work experience, for example, that’s probably not the first thing you want to advertise on your resume
  • Keep in mind most people make different versions of their resumes angled towards the different positions they are applying for or for different goals — since this one is school related, you probably want to highlight the strengths that make you a good and promising student.

Get creative, but enhance rather than distract. Of course graphic designers play with layout and graphics, a baker might format her resume like a recipe, a childcare specialist like a children’s book, etc. But would it make sense for a criminal lawyer to use bright pink, scented card stock? Not unless she’s Legally Blonde 🙂


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