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Resume Essentials

RESUME WRITING TIPS- GETTING STARTED:


 

1. Identify the goal of your resume

  • What professional brand are you selling?
  • What skill set are you marketing?

 

2. Define your target audience

  • What companies are you interested in?
  • What qualities do they value?
  • What skill set are they looking for?

 

3. Create your “branding statement”

  • Create a branding statement describing who you are as a professional
  • Describe key skills and experiences as they relate to the position you are applying for
  • What contributions have you made to your industry / previous employers? What is your value?

 

4. Reflect on your experience. What are some of your major contributions and/or accomplishments?

  • Your bullet points should be accomplishments-driven. Avoid listing job functions.

 


BASIC RESUME GUIDELINES

  • Avoid using an objective.  Create a “Career Profile” or “Summary of Qualifications”
  • Be sure to begin with action verbs to describe how you contributed to your employers
  • Quantify whenever possible
  • Show contributions / outcomes
  • Prioritize information
  • Keep resume 1-2 pages
  • Avoid using “responsible for” “duties included”
  • Avoid clutter
  • Be consistent (fonts and formatting)
  • Make your resume visually appealing (use bullet points, bold headings, use italics sparingly)
  • Do not use templates
  • Do not include personal information (age, marital status, social security number etc.)
  • Use a professional email address
  • Be honest and avoid embellishing
  • Do not use “I” “My” or “Me”
  • Do not include high school information
  • References should be on a separate page, avoid using “References available upon request”
  • Tailor your resume to your audience
  • Keep it professional and PROOFREAD!

 


 


ADDITIONAL RESUME RESOURCES:

 

Jobs Postings

 

Need help with your resume or CV?  Contact SPH Career Services at 312.413.9126 or eherre3@uic.edu to schedule an individualized appointment.

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