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Resume Criteria

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Heading includes all of the first-order information the employer needs.
Include name, phone number, \professional email address , city and state or region, and written out  hyperlinks to LinkedIn.

Summary

  • Title of role pursuing (do not identify as a student).Try to connect past experience (work or volunteer roles) to target role.Avoid pronouns.2-3 technical skills and cybersecurity certifications and/or security clearance (if applicable).Accomplishments, recognitions, and/or awards.Training or certifications

Resume Criteria

Heading

Heading includes all of the first-order information the employer needs.
Include name, phone number, professional email address , city and state or region, and written out  hyperlinks to LinkedIn.

Summary

  • Title of role pursuing (do not identify as a student).
  • Try to connect past experience (work or volunteer roles) to target role.
  • Avoid pronouns.
  • 2-3 technical skills and cybersecurity certifications and/or security clearance (if applicable).
  • Accomplishments, recognitions, and/or awards. 
  • Training or certifications 

Highlight Skills

  • Include skills / concepts / methodologies (etc.) acquired in the program.
  • Ensure programming, languages, and technologies conform to standard spelling and style for the industry.

Projects

  • Include three of your strongest projects 
  • Include a brief description for each project (1-2 lines) 
  • Include skills / concepts / methodologies (etc.) used
  • Include written links to projects (if applicable)

Experience

  • Experience listed in reverse chronological order, with job title, job description, company name, city & state or province, and dates of employment. 
  • Start every bullet with an action verb; don’t use the same verb more than once.
  • 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, eg. “200 tickets closed per month”.
  • Use transferable skills from past roles or volunteering that will speaker to your target role (e.g. attention to detail, thrives under pressure, etc.).

Education

  • List in reverse chronological order with locations and certifications. 
  • List education above Experience (unless you have work or volunteer experience).
  • Include city and state 
  • Include title (ex. certificate, bachelor’s, master’s, etc.) 
  • Include the current program as the most recent item in education and ensure it is listed as a certificate.

Applicant Tracking Systems

  • Include standard heading titles (Education, Projects, Technical Skills, Summary, Experience).
  • Spell out acronyms and abbreviations (abbreviated months are acceptable).
  • Use bullets instead of asterisks. 
  • Avoid images, icons, or photographs.
  • Avoid colored text.
  • Avoid columns, tables, text boxes, and graphs.
  • Do not write in the header or footer of the document. 
  • Use keywords that match the job description and align with required skills needed for each specific role.

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