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 point font and margins of .8 or .7, with .6 at the smallest
- Headings (Objective, Education, etc.) may be 11 or 12 point font
- 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 the font size, spacing, and margins to keep resume to one page; graphic design programs may be used as long as the resume can be kept to one page.
- If resume must be two pages due to having a lot of experience, 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:
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, after the Objective, 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 SELU 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