Writing a Resume That Sells… YOU!

In this Section we will define a resume and how the role is changing.

What is a résumé?

A resume is a summary of present and past work experience, education, and skills. Potential employers use resumes to determine applicants qualifications to do a particular job. Employers are also using social media to learn more about applicants experience and background.

Some guidelines to follow are:

  • Enhance your contact information
  • Focus on your accomplishments
  • Include a Summary of Qualifications, rather than an Objective
  • Be honest
  • Don’t list hobbies
  • Page limit can vary based on relevant experience, and the job applying for
  • Tailor your resume based on the position you are applying for and your relevant experience
  • Do not include references, provide them upon request
  • Keep it formal
  • Proofread it at least twice!

Your resume should be updated with the most current information even if you are not in the job market.

A recent study (Keeping an Eye on Recruiter Behavior) done by TheLadders, a job search site found that the average time a recruiter spends reviewing a resume is 6 SECONDS!!!


So… you need to make sure you quickly catch their attention!
How are you going to do this?

  • Write a brief narrative that demonstrates how you are a “good fit” for the position; some people call this the “Summary of Qualifications”, and it may be the only section of your resume that is read.


Once you have your “ad” nailed down, you are ready to begin writing the remainder of your resume. Here are some hints:

  • Use the position description as a guide to revising your resume; use keywords that match the position’s requirements
  • Quantify your accomplishments
  • Remember you want your resume to sell you – not describe everything you have ever accomplished in your professional career (i.e., it is not an autobiography); keep the content targeted to the position and company
  • Your audience is the recruiter and hiring manager; keep their needs in mind


Résumé writing links and templates

Links coming soon!