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What is a Resume?

Your resume is the most important marketing tool in your job application process: it is the first impression recruiters have of you and the first step to get a job interview.

What should your resume look like?

Employers take less than 20 seconds to review a resume: they want to quickly find out what your responsibilities and experiences helped you accomplish and what your value is to the organization.

Your resume should be easy to read and mention relevant information: use a good design, a simple layout and traditional fonts, use bullet points, be concise and specific, use keywords and action verbs, mention technical and transferable skills.

It should tell your story and be tailored to the position you are applying for, present information that adds value. Think of categorizing and prioritizing the information.

Most importantly, be honest and be YOU!

What should you include in your resume?

The usual sections include:

  • Personal information: your first name and last name, phone number and e-mail address where recruiters can reach you.
  • Summary and skills: write a few sentences highlighting your qualifications and experience, mention your skills (technical and transferable), and what you have to offer.
  • Education: list your degree first, followed by the name of the institution (and that for all your degrees).
  • If you are a recent graduate, you may mention the graduation year, your GPA if it is above 3.0/4.0, and academic awards (ex.: Dean’s list, Honor Society, etc.)
  • Professional experience: recruiters are looking for relevant information for the job you are applying for, not for a job description.
  • Use this formula to describe your duties and responsibilities:
    Action Verb + Skill + Task = Result
  • Memberships, affiliations and community involvement (if relevant).

Additional Resources:

Contact us if you need assistance building your resume.
Create an MCC account and start building your resume
Tips and examples of three common resume formats (Indeed, May 2021)
Five Keys to Transforming your Resume (Forbes, August 2021)
Resumes (Career One Stop)

Job Resumes (The Balance Careers)
Recruiter Tips to Getting Your Resume Seen and Landing an Interview (Forbes)
Beat the Robots: How to Get Your Resume Past the System and into Human Hands (The Muse)