Tips for Writing an Effective Resume

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Resume Tips and Best Practices Resume Sections • Contact Information (name, address, email, phone number) • Education • Academic Honors / Awards • Work Experience, Professional Experience • Leadership Experience, Community Leadership (volunteerism), Campus Leadership (clubs and organizations) • Skills (computer skills, language ability) Contact Information • This is your resume's header • Make sure your full name is the largest item on the page • Use a professional email address ( • Include your phone number with area code Education • Put your home institution first. If you've already graduated, put your highest level of education first. • Put the month and year you will be graduating or graduated (i.e. Anticipated May 2016) • Use your school's official name. Academic Honors/Awards • List awards & honors in the Education section if they are all school-related • Mention how long you have held the honor: for example, "Dean's List (four semesters)." • Highlight scholarships – please do not include monetary value of the award Work Experience (or Professional Experience) • List your experience in reverse chronological order (most recent first) • List 3-5 bullets per position • Use present tense for current duties and past tense for past duties 1/2 Need more help? Contact us at

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