Resume Rules for Students & Alumni


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

  • To keep to one page, use 10 point font and margins of .8 or .7, with .6 at the smallest
  • Headings (Objective, Education, etc.) may be 11 or 12 pointfont                  
  • Make header two lines to keep resume one page:
    - Name on first line in 14 to 18 point font
    - Contact information on second line 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 and margins cannot be adjusted and resume is often forced to two pages                                            

  • If not using LionHire’s RB, type as a regular Word document and adjust font size, spacing, and margins to keep resume one page; graphic design programs may be used as long as resume can be one page                             

  • If resume must be two pages due to a lot of experience, activities, or skills, on second page, put name in upper left corner and “Page 2” in upper right corner
  • List graduation date in the following format:
    - If within a year of graduation or you are sure of the date:
    Graduation Date: Month and Year (no comma)
    - If you are unsure of the date: 
    Anticipated Graduation Date: Month and Year (no comma)
    - Remember to remove "Anticipated" once you know the date.                                        
  • 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 and don't send it unless job advertisement asks for it                                                                                   
  • Proofread your resume! No spelling, grammar, or sentence structure errors: Mistakes on your resume make employers think you will be careless with your work and can eliminate you from further consideration.                           
  • DO NOT USE "I" on a resume, and minimize the use of "my" - add power to your resume by starting statements with an Action Verb


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


  • Put Education section near top of resume, or after the Objective and Skills Summary sections, so employers can quickly see you are getting, or have, a college degree.
  • Make sure degree information is correct and format follows examples below; you can also choose to list your degree information above your SLU information
  • Bolding the degree is optional, but makes it stand out 


Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA
Bachelor of Arts, Management - concentration in Human Resource Management
Graduation Date: Put month and year, no comma in between. GPA: List if 3.0 or above
Coursework Includes: List course titles (not acronyms or course numbers) to illustrate your knowledge base
Special Projects Include: Describe any course projects, their purpose and their results 
Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA
Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Technology - Design Drafter concentration
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


List your Southeastern Louisiana University degree information even if this is your first semester

Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA
Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences - concentration in Organismal & Integrative Biology 
Currently Enrolled: August 2019 - present (put the month and year you started)
Listing high school information is optional. However, freshman and sophomores should list it if you were involved in many activities and/or received important honors. List the name, city, and state of high school as well as your activities/honors BELOW your SLU information.
Upperclass students and alumni will likely have enough more recent qualifications information, so listing high school is not necessary. 

 Skills Summary

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

The Skills Summary may also be called: Key Qualifications, Professional Skills, Qualification Highlights, etc. 

List personality traits as well as skills developed and knowledge acquired in school or work experiences: 


  • Communicate effectively with customers, co-workers, and supervisors
  • Demonstrated successful leadership skills in school and work projects
  • Apply creativity and critical thinking in generating ideas for solving problems
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy; able to effectively multitask and meet deadlines
  • Collaborate with, support and encourage team members to achieve goals
  • Knowledge of (mention areas of your major 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 


  • Responsible and hardworking employee
  • Experience in providing customer service
  • Strong planning and organizational skills
  • Attention to detail in completing tasks
  • Able to multitask and meet deadlines
  • Practice effective time management skills
  • Work as part of a team to achieve goals
  • Computer skills include: Word, Excel, PowerPoint


  • List your most recently held job first, and the rest in reverse chronological order.
  • List company/organization name, city and state, job title, and dates of employment (months and years; no comma in between).
  • You may write job descriptions as “paragraphs” instead of bulleted statements -  to keep resume to one page.
  • For help writing job descriptions, access O*Net, click on “Find Occupations,” and type your job titles for tasks performed and knowledge and skills utilized. 
  • You may also want to visit "How Do I Say...?" on our website for assistance with describing typical part-time jobs held while in college. 
  • Following the guidelines listed above, list internship experience as a "regular job," or student organization experience if you hold or held offices, or even volunteer work in which you had a lot of responsibility or acquired knowledge in your field of study. 
  • You may even create two Experience categories: Related Experience and Additional Experience.
Related Experience can be that acquired through internships, clinical experiences, student teaching for Education majors, part-time jobs, or even volunteer activities, which directly relates to your Objective (career goal).
Additional Experience can be that which is less relevant to your Objective, but can indicate transferable skills that may apply to your future career. You may also want to avoid listing job descriptions and just list your job title, place of employment, city, state, and dates, putting this information on one line, then single space this section if listing more that one job, so as not to take up a lot of space on your resume.

Activities & Honors

  • An Activities & Honors category illustrates extracurricular experiences that provide the opportunity to develop skills that can be valuable as an employee in your future career. 
  • This section may also be called: Organizations and Honors, Professional Activities, Community Service, etc. 
  • List student organizations and offices held (if any), honors and/or awards, and volunteer experiences. You may also want to provide a brief description of your duties in student organization or volunteer roles. 


Activities & Honors
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM): Vice President, Spring 2018 - present; President's List, Fall 2018, Spring 2018; Dean's List, multiple semesters; TOPS Scholarship; Volunteer, North Oaks Health System, Hammond, LA, Summer 2016 
You may also list your Activities & Honors category as follows if you have room and can still keep resume on one page. 
Activities & Honors 
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM): Spring 2018 - Present
  • President's List: Fall 2018, Spring 2018 
  • Dean's List: multiple semesters
  • TOPS Scholarship
  • Volunteer, North Oaks Health System, Hammond, LA: Summer 2016

Sample Resumes

For examples, see the sample resumes in LionHire and on the Build a Resume & Cover Letter page.