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