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Key areas of Information:

Contact information
  • Email
  • Phone Number
    • Google numbers are great if you want to protect your personal number
    • Github link
    • Portfolio link
  • This section should be a brief paragraph (three to five sentences) that shows the value you bring by highlighting your skills and a couple big career wins. But rather than labeling it a “summary,” simply use a headline that encapsulates your credentials.
  • You’ll want to incorporate the right keywords so that your resume is optimized for application tracking systems
Professional experience
  • Focus on your accomplishments rather than your day-to-day responsibilities
  • Simply write where you went college and your degree.
  • It’s ok to move this towards the top if you have limited work experience and want to highlight your experience at SDG
  • Volunteering and community service
  • If you have room feel free to add it

One page vs Two page

One page
  • One page resumes are easier to read, resume readers have to look at a large number of resumes on a daily basis.
Two pages
  • If you really think that it is critical to communicate the depth and breadth of your skills.
  • Smart when the situation merits it. A general rule of thumb is that the applicant should be able to fit 10 years of work experience onto each page of your resume.

Format Wisely

  • Use a logical format and wide margins, clean type and clear headings
  • Selectively apply bold and italic typeface that help guide the reader's eye
  • Use bullets to call attention to important points (i.e. accomplishments)

Identify Accomplishments

It’s not just about Job Descriptions
  • Focus on what you did in the job, NOT what your job was there's a difference
  • Include a one or two top line job description first, then list your accomplishments
  • Accomplishments should be unique to you, not just a list of what someone else did
  • Avoid using the generic descriptions of the jobs you originally applied for or held

Quantify Accomplishments

What makes your accomplishment special?
  • Include and highlight specific achievements that present a comprehensive picture of your marketability
  • Quantify your achievements to ensure greater confidence in the hiring manager and thereby generate interest percentages, dollars, number of employees, etc.
  • Work backwards to quantify your accomplishments by asking, If I had not done X, what could have happened?

Career Summary

Replace your “Objective" with a "Career Summary"
  • Grab a hiring manager's attention right from the beginning, remembering you have only 25 few seconds to make a good impression

  • Spend time developing a summary that immediately gets their attention, and accurately and powerfully describes you as a solution to their problems

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Alumni Resume Examples

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