Resume Rules for Students & Alumni
Employers prefer a one page resume for a quick and easy review of your qualifications:
- To keep to one page, use 10 pointfont and margins of .8 or .7, with .6 at the smallest
- Headings (Objective, Education, etc.) may be 11 or 12 pointfont
- Make header two lines to keep resume one page:
- Name on first line in 14 to 18 point font
- Contact information on second line in 10 or 11 point font
Unless you are using LionHire’s Resume Builder (RB) Module, don't use a "resume template" with pre-set categories. Spacing and margins cannot be adjusted and resume is often forced to two pages
If not using LionHire’s RB, type as a regular Word document and adjust font size, spacing, and margins to keep resume one page; graphic design programs may be used as long as resume can be one page
- If resume must be two pages due to a lot of experience, activities, or skills, on second page, put name in upper left corner and “Page 2” in upper right corner
- List graduation date in the following format:
- If within a year of graduation or you are sure of the date:
Graduation Date: Month and Year (no comma)
- If you are unsure of the date:
Anticipated Graduation Date: Month and Year (no comma)
- Remember to remove "Anticipated" once you know the date.
- Do not list references on resume. These go on a separate page with the same header as on the resume
- Save references page as a separate file from resume and don't send it unless job advertisement asks for it
- Proofread your resume! No spelling, grammar, or sentence structure errors: Mistakes on your resume make employers think you will be careless with your work and can eliminate you from further consideration.
- DO NOT USE "I" on a resume, and minimize the use of "my" - add power to your resume by starting statements with an Action Verb
- Put Education section near top of resume, or after the objective and skills summary sections, so employers can quickly see you are getting, or have, a college degree.
- Make sure degree information is correct and format follows examples below; you can also choose to list your degree information above your SLU information
- Bolding the degree is optional, but makes it stand out
JUNIORS, SENIORS, MASTER'S, & ALUMNI:
FRESHMEN & SOPHOMORES:
List your Southeastern Louisiana University degree information even if this is your first semester
Create a Skills Summary with bulleted statements to emphasize your qualifications.
The Skills Summary may also be called: Key Qualifications, Professional Skills, Qualification Highlights, etc.
List personality traits as well as skills developed and knowledge acquired in school or work experiences:
JUNIORS, SENIORS, MASTER'S & ALUMNI Examples:
- Communicate effectively with customers, co-workers, and supervisors
- Demonstrated successful leadership skills in school and work projects
- Apply creativity and critical thinking in generating ideas for solving problems
- Strong attention to detail and accuracy; able to effectively multitask and meet deadlines
- Collaborate with, support and encourage team members to achieve goals
- Knowledge of (mention areas of your major which you have knowledge/experience)
- Experience in (mention specific areas, acquired through class projects, work, internships, or extracurricular activities)
- Computer skills include: Microsoft Office - Word, Excel, PowerPoint
FRESHMEN & SOPHOMORES Examples:
- Responsible and hardworking employee
- Experience in providing customer service
- Strong planning and organizational skills
- Attention to detail in completing tasks
- Able to multitask and meet deadlines
- Practice effective time management skills
- Work as part of a team to achieve goals
- Computer skills include: Word, Excel, PowerPoint
- List your most recently held job first, and the rest in reverse chronological order.
- List company/organization name, city and state, job title, and dates of employment (months and years; no comma in between).
- DO NOT LIST COMPANY STREET OR MAILING ADDRESS OR ZIP CODE, DO NOT LIST SUPERVISORS &/OR PHONE NUMBERS (this information goes on references page).
- You may write job descriptions as “paragraphs” instead of bulleted statements - to keep resume to one page.
- For help writing job descriptions, access O*Net, click on “Find Occupations,” and type your job titles for tasks performed and knowledge and skills utilized.
- You may also want to visit "How Do I Say...?" on our website for assistance with describing typical part-time jobs held while in college.
- Following the guidelines listed above, list internship experience as a "regular job,"
or student organization experience if you hold or held offices, or even volunteer
work in which you had a lot of responsibility or acquired knowledge in your field
- You may even create two Experience categories: Related Experience and Additional Experience.
Activities & Honors
- An Activities & Honors category illustrates extracurricular experiences that provide the opportunity to develop skills that can be valuable as an employee in your future career.
- This section may also be called: Organizations and Honors, Professional Activities, Community Service, etc.
- List student organizations and offices held (if any), honors and/or awards, and volunteer experiences. You may also want to provide a brief description of your duties in student organization or volunteer roles.
- Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM): Spring 2018 - Present
- President's List: Fall 2018, Spring 2018
- Dean's List: multiple semesters
- TOPS Scholarship
- Volunteer, North Oaks Health System, Hammond, LA: Summer 2016