A resume is a marketing tool used to demonstrate the skills and the value you bring to a company. Hiring managers and recruiters, scan resumes in seconds or put them through a computer tracking system, consequently, it is crucial to effectively articulate and customize the appropriate skills to the job position. To make your resume stand out and rise to the top of the list, your resume must contain industry keywords.
Formatting and Design
- Length: as a new graduate, limit resume to one page
- Margins: no less than .5 inches wide, all around. White space is important on the page to improve appearance and readability
- Font size: between 10-12 points; “Name” between 14-16 ,to increase visibility
- Font style: Serif Fonts (Book Antigua, Georgia, or Garamond) or Sans Serif (Arial, Verdana, Calibri). Be aware that choosing a fancier style may not be read by the ATS software
- Bullets: separating accomplishment statements with bullets allows the reader to scan your document with ease. Choose traditional style bullets and use only one style throughout your document
- Spaces: insert only one space after a period
Be consistent throughout your document. Pay close attention to line spacing, bullet style, capitalization, text alignment.
It is a traditional format, popular with recruiters and employers due to is straightforward approach. It cites education and employment from the most recent back, showcasing dates and employers. Due to its traditional format, it is a good fit for finance, economics, and accounting.
A resume of ability-focused topics. It showcases the functions and skills that the employer wants. The skills area draws the reader’s eyes. It does not follow a chronological order. It should also include a list of job titles, employers, and dates—listed at the bottom of the resume.This type of format works well for those who are career changers, ex-military personnel, or lack work experience in the field.
*Not recommended for finance, economics, or accounting majors
A combination of the chronological and functional formats, meets the demands of timelines as well as showcasing skills.
Areas of a Resume
Contact Information - This should be included at the top of your resume. We recommend using the same contact information set up on all your professional documents (resume, cover letter, reference sheet).
Education - As a student, the education sections is the most important and should be located under your contact information. Be sure to include the name of the institution, the degree, GPA (above 3.2), and date of graduation. You may also include bullet points with honors and/or impactful experiences such as awards, study-abroad programs, and relevant co-curricular experiences.
Projects - As a student, you have participated in various class projects. You can share relevant projects in this section and the role you played in the project.
Experience—Prospective employers want to know your work experience. Include relevant work experience and customize your accomplishment statements to the job description.
- Position/title, company name, start date-end date
- Describe your accomplishment and the impact it made in the company/organization
- Describe your relevant experience by using strong action verbs at the beginning of each accomplishment statement to make them more dynamic
- Be specific about the accomplishments
- Quantify statements, if possible
- Avoid using personal pronouns (I, my, me) or articles (a, an, the, to)
Use the following "APR" formula to structure your accomplishment statements:
Action Verb + Project + Result = Accomplishment
Think of a project you completed or problem you solved during a job or volunteer experience. Choose an action verb that describes your approach. Then describe the results you achieved, quantifying results when possible.
Activities - Students with extra-curricular experiences have the most opportunities to learn new skills.
- Off and on-campus organizations
- Community and volunteer work
- Leadership roles
- LDS Mission
Skills - List relevant skills to the position (technical skills, certifications, languages)
Interests - This area is recommended for finance, economics, and accounting majors (Serves as conversation starters during the interview process).
Schedule an appointment to have your resume reviewed by one of our Career Specialists https://huntsman.usu.edu/career/contact.