Do you have a rough draft of your resume already pulled together? If not, you should
and keep it updated throughout your college career. If you would like to have a Success
Coach look over your resume, please call 701.777.3904 to make an appointment.
Check out our Resume Checklist and Strong Bullet Point handouts for information and examples.
- Is the most important/relevant information first and presented effectively?
- Did I tailor my resume to the job posting?
- Is it easy to find all my qualifications?
- Is my resume pleasing to the eye? Did I bold, italicize, underline too much?
- Is my formatting consistent throughout the resume (dates aligned, format repeated consistently)?
- Are abbreviations noted properly?
- Did I emphasize my work-related skills?
- Have I incorporated measurable results where I can?
- Is my phone number and email address correct?
- Are my present positions in present tense and past in past tense?
- Have I made an appointment with Career Services for a resume critique?
- Contact Information
- Include complete contact information.
- Use a professional email address.
- Include permanent address if it serves a purpose such as if you are looking for a position in your hometown.
- Update your voice mail message and ring back tones to reflect a professional image.
- Most recent degree first
- Mention GPA if >3.0
- Don't abbreviate degree, e.g.: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- List your most recent position first.
- Highlight your skills.
- Do not exaggerate your experience.
- Use present tense voice for all current positions, past tense for all previous positions/experiences.
- Begin phrases with action verbs (e.g. implemented, organized, teach etc.).
- Relevant Coursework
- Skills (Computer, Technical, Lab, etc.)
- Lab/Research Experience
- Leadership Experience
- Campus/Community Involvement
Effective resumes make you shine by highlighting your unique skillset in a clean, easy to read format. Since your resume is a professional reflection of you, use a format that represents you and your experience.
Use a template at your own risk, in fact, we suggest not using one at all. They are limiting, difficult to format, and don't allow you to showcase your skills in an effective way.