A resume is a snapshot of your professional and academic experiences. It should capture the highlights of your job/volunteer experiences, leadership experiences, and education. It is best to showcase your accomplishments at your previous positions, rather than your responsibilities. Creating and up keeping a resume can be time consuming, but it is just one piece that helps you in the land of job hunting. Additionally, it is just as important to have a professional presence on the internet. Look into creating a LinkedIn account or your own webpage!

Did you know, TOPS Scholars recently held a resume workshop? Check out our fabulous resume samples and materials here.

Common questions: What should I include? What if I don’t have a lot of experience?

According to Richard Bolles who the author of What Color is Your Parachute? 2016 these are main topics to include in your resume:

-Volunteer, Community, and Unpaid Work

-Educational (Scholarships, Work Study, Clubs/Committees, Awards, etc.)

-Sales/Account Management (Managing a budget, Marketing, etc.)

-Administration, Customer Service and Account (Improve systems/processes, Dealing with customer complaints, etc.)

-Responsibility (Staff/Volunteer oversight, Leading training to staff/volunteers, Budget responsibility, etc.)

-Events/Conference Planning

-Computers (List all systems and software you have familiarity with, Development of websites, etc.)


Modern Resumes

Key Words for a Resume– Don’t stick with the same old wording, find ways to make minor changes that will help you stick out from the crowd!

Resume Action Verbs

Highlight Soft Skills

Resume Writing Guide

Resume Sample 1

Resume Sample 2