Should My Resume Include Everything I Have Done?

A potential employer typically spends around 30 seconds initially reviewing a resume. Therefore, it is important to carefully select experiences that emphasize the skills most relevant to your desired position. As you make your choices, remember to stress quality over quantity. 

Deciding what goes on your resume:

  • Focus on the skills and attributes you can bring to the organization
  • Consider the perspective of the potential employer, and what the organization would desire in the ideal candidate for the position
  • Reflect upon your specific experiences that demonstrate the skills and credentials listed in the position announcement 

Be sure to customize your resume for each application. This demonstrates that you carefully selected the most relevant experiences that portray you as the best choice.

When Should I Write My Resume?

A resume is a work in progress, and students who start early benefit from improving and refining the document over time. It is good to keep your resume updated regularly to reflect new experiences, ensuring that an up-to-date resume is available whenever necessary. You never know when and where your resume will be needed.

Is There Such a Thing as a “Correct” Resume?

Not necessarily. There is no right and wrong when it comes to resume content and format. Each resume is as unique as the individual it represents. It is up to you to select the appropriate content that best highlights your skills for the employment you hope to acquire, and then effectively communicate your qualifications in a format that is clear and easy to read.

Can The Career Center Help Me with My Resume?

Yes. We annually help thousands of students draft and refine their resumes. For many students, the first step in the resume writing process is attending a resume writing workshop during the academic year. We also offer a drop-in, peer-to-peer resume review service throughout the week. Or you can schedule an appointment with one of our career counselors for a deeper discussion about your resume. 

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