Resume Writing

What is a Resume?

Your resume is a sales tool; advertising your skills, qualifications and goals. It is often a prospective employer's first look at you, so you must make this an effective introduction - a concise statement of your skills and strengths. The primary purpose of your resume is to get an interview. It should emphasize why an employer should meet and hire you. Stress your skills and abilities and give examples of your accomplishments.

Resume Writing Steps

Step 1: Target Your Job - Determine the type of position for which you are applying.

  • What are the skill areas needed?
  • What do you have to offer that specific employer?
  • Why do you want to work for that employer?
  • What will set you apart from the competition with respect to this particular position?

Step 2: Choose a Format -What format style best suits your needs?

There are at least three different resume formats each with a different purpose and layout. Choose which format is right for you to find out more information about resume styles.


Step 3: Getting Started - Writing your resume step-by-step. 

1. Take a blank paper and begin with identifying information - your Name, Address and Phone number. Don't use nicknames or abbreviations except for state (PA, NJ, DE) and include area code for phone number.

2. Write your Objective - Think about what type of position you are seeking now. Don't be so vague and general that it becomes meaningless. It is better to have different versions of your resume with specific objectives targeting certain positions.

3. Education may be your next section. Start with Immaculata University, major, expected date of graduation, GPA (if 3.0 or better). If you have another degree, list that also. If you attended another college/university for a few credits before enrolling at Immaculata, it is not necessary to list it. If applying for a co-op or internship, you might also want to list major courses completed. Listing courses or all clinical experiences is not necessary for graduating seniors. Include any honors or awards received or make a separate category for them. Further along in your career, put employment before education.

4. Professional experience goes next - List the name, city and state, job title in reverse chronological order. Support your objective with brief job descriptions using action words. When possible, quantify and give specific results or accomplishments.

5. Use any of the following headings that are applicable and support your objective: field experience, volunteer work, computer skills, activities, interests, language skills, etc., references available upon request is last, and is not even necessary to include if it makes your resume go over one page.

Step 4: Write your cover letter - Do's and Don'ts

Step 5: Review and Revise - Let Career Services review your resume and cover letter

In reality, your resume, once submitted to a potential employer, will be read by different people with individual preferences on resume style/format. Once you've create a first draft, bring a copy of your resume and cover letter to Career Services and we can review it with you. Take your resume and cover letter to other trusted individuals and allow them to review it as well. Take all criticisms into consideration and make the necessary revisions to finalize your resume. Remain focused on your purpose. Your resume should be professional, neat, error-free and, most importantly, supportive of your objective.