Resume Guide for Students & Alumni

Format

 Employers prefer a one page resume for a quick and easy review of your qualifications:

  • To keep to one page, use 10-point font
    Margins of .6 at the smallest
  • Headings (Objective, Education, etc.) may be 11- or 12-point font
  • Make header two lines to keep resume one page
    Name in 14- to 18-point font
    Contact information in 10- or 11-point font
  • Unless you are using LionHire’s Resume Builder (RB) Module, don't use a "resume template" with pre-set categories. Spacing can’t be adjusted and resume is often forced to two pages.

  • If not using LionHire’s RB, type as a regular Word document and adjust the font size, spacing, and margins to keep resume to one page.

  • If resume must be two pages, on second page, put name in upper left corner and “Page 2” in upper right corner.
  • No spelling, grammar, or sentence structure errors. Proofread your resume! Mistakes on your resume make employers think you will be careless with your work and can eliminate you from further consideration!

  • List graduation date in the following format:
    - If within a year of graduation...
    Graduation Date: Month and Year (no comma)
    - If more than a year away...
    Anticipated Graduation Date: Month and Year (no comma)
    - Remove “Anticipated” as you near graduation.
  • Do not list references on resume. These go on a separate page with the same header as on the resume.
  • Save references page as a separate file from resume. Don’t send References page unless job advertisement asks for it.
  • Proofread your resume! Mistakes will make an employer think you will be careless with your work!

Categories & Content

For examples, see the sample resumes in LionHire and on the Build a Resume & Cover Letter page. View below sections for more details.

Objective

An OBJECTIVE mentioning your top three skillsand possibly type of work you’re targetingis recommended.

 Education

Make sure your degree information is correct and follows the format below:

Bachelor of Arts, Communication – concentration in Public Relations
Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA
Graduation Date: Put month and year, no comma in between  GPA: List if 3.0 or above
Coursework Includes: List course titles but not course numbers to illustrate your knowledge base.
Special Projects Include: Describe any course projects, their purpose, and their results.

  • Put Education section near top of resume so employers can quickly see that you have a college degree.
  • Freshmen: List your Southeastern education information as described above even if you just started SELU. If you have chosen a major, or if not, list as follows: Currently Enrolled, Freshman, Fall 2015 – present
  • Freshmen: Listing high school information is optional. However, do list it if you were involved in many activities. List the name, city, and state of high school as well as your activities BELOW your SELU information.

 Skills Summary

*Can also be called Key Qualifications,  Professional Skills, etc.

Create a Skills Summary with bulleted statements to emphasize your qualifications:

  • List personality traits and knowledge and skills developed in school or work experiences. You may also say:
      • Knowledge of (mention areas of your major of which you have knowledge/experience)
      • Experience in (mention specific areas, acquired through class projects, work, internships, or extracurricular activities)
      • Computer skills include: Microsoft Office - Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Experience

  • List most recently held job first and the rest in reverse chronological order. List company/organization name, city and state, job title, and employment dates (months and years; no comma in between). Don't list company address or zip code, and don't list supervisors and/or phone numbers (supervisor information goes on your references page).
  • You may write job descriptions as “paragraphs” instead of bulleted statements to keep resume to one page.
  • Access O*Net, click on “Find Occupations,” and type your job titles for tasks performed.
  • You may list internship, student organization, or volunteer experience as a “regular job” if you held offices, had a lot of responsibility, or acquired knowledge in your field of study.

Activities & Honors

  • List student organizations and offices held, if any, and honors or awards. See sample resumes.
  • You may also provide a brief description of your duties in student organizations or volunteer roles.