Education Resume Guide

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Industry-Backed Resume

Your resume is your chance to impress an employer with your skills and accomplishments. An industry-backed resume focuses on results, uses dynamic language, and appears organized, clean, and free of mistakes.

Content

Heading includes all first-order information the employer needs.

  • Include name, phone number, professional email address (instead of Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL, or university email, consider Gmail), city and state/province, postal code, and full hyperlinks to LinkedIn and your portfolio (if applicable).

Summary section. Try to include at least three to five of the following:

  • Title of role pursuing (do not identify as a student).
  • Background experience that connects to the role you are pursuing.
  • Two to three transferable skills (e.g., logistics, task monitoring, communication, project lifecycle management).
  • Years of related experience (keep below 10 years).
  • Accomplishments, recognitions, and/or awards. 
  • Training or certificates.

Skills section.

  • Includes industry-specific and transferable skills. Ensure technologies conform to standard spelling and style for the industry.
  • Focus on industry-specific skills and concepts you obtained in your program. 

Experience clearly laid out with accomplishments highlighted rather than job duties.

  • Experience listed in reverse chronological order, with job title, job description, company name, city and state/province, and dates of employment. 
  • If applicable, include previous field-specific experience.
  • Start every bullet with an action verb; don’t use the same verb more than once (see next section).
  • Cite accomplishments, recognitions, and/or awards (do not list job duties).
  • Bullets are concise, direct, and listed in order of importance.
  • Quantify work as much as possible (e.g., “managed five projects per quarter.).
  • Briefly define job role and team size where it provides context to the scope and depth of your work.

List education in reverse chronological order with locations and certifications.

  • List education at the end of the resume unless you don’t have much professional experience or you have particularly relevant degrees.
  • Include your completed program as the most recent item in education.

Pass the applicant tracking system.

  • Include standard heading titles (Summary, Skills, Experience, Education).
  • Spell out acronyms and abbreviations (abbreviated months are acceptable).
  • Use bullets instead of asterisks. 
  • Avoid images, icons, or photographs.
  • Avoid colored text, columns, tables, text boxes, and graphs.
  • Use keywords that match the job description and align with skills required for each role.

Design and Format

  • Clean and Simple Design
  • No template language or blank areas.
  • Design does not get in the way of necessary text/content.
  • Text fills the page without overcrowding.
  • Balanced margins, between 0.5”-1.”
  • No more than one page if new to the field, two pages if have relevant experience.
  • Name and headlines stand out.
  • Few (or no) hanging lines (where just a few words take up an entire line).

Consistent and Professional Text

  • Font size of 11 or 12.
  • Consistent and professional font style. It’s okay to use different fonts for the headings and body. Professional font styles include: Arial, Calibri, Cambria, Georgia, Helvetica, and Times New Roman.
  • Consistent use of bold, italic, and underline. Same bullet-point for all lists.

Correct Grammar, Spelling, and Punctuation

  • Consistent punctuation throughout.
  • No grammatical or spelling errors.
  • No personal pronouns (I, we, he, or she).
  • No abbreviations or acronyms unless necessary. 

Clear and Professional Tone

  • No jargon, slang, or superlative adjectives like “great,” “good,” or “awesome.”

Resume Templates

Here are the templates that you can use to get started on creating your resume. Simply save a copy of the template sheet so you can edit and adapt it. Be sure to replace text in blue with your own and follow the instructions in brackets.

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