+ - Resume Basics
This is a list of resume guides that can help you in career planning and throughout your job search. Explore the many informative pages we have to offer. Read them, print them out and then use them as guidelines for the future.
- Resume Writing A Detailed Guide (An in dept guide on how to build a resume)
- Resume Quick Guide (Sample Resume with Tips)
Come in to the CDC for Quick Questions to obtain a career preparation packet that is tailored to your needs and major.
+ - Transferable Skills
Transferable skills are skills that you can take from one situation to another and from one job to another. There are two types of skill sets that must be demonstrated on your resume: transferrable hard skills and transferrable soft skills.
Hard Skills are demonstrated through the content of all of the relevant professional experience that will be important to your potential employer. Focus on the word “relevant” – this means what is relevant to the person reading the resume.
For example, if you are applying for an internship in the business or film industry, is your barista employment going to impress them purely because it is a work experience? The answer is usually “No”. What an employer is looking for are hard skill examples of your hands on experience in their relevant business.
Remember: You always write your resume for what the employer wants.
Good examples of hard skills to put on your resume include:
- Projects in class that demonstrate hands-on knowledge
- Attendance of seminars/ webinars/conferences (i.e. professional development)
- Job shadowing opportunities
- Entrepreneurial endeavors
- Research experience
- Senior Capstone/Graduation projects
- Laboratory work
- Poster and other presentations
- Certifications/ licenses/ workshops
- Work experience ONLY if it is at the managerial level and ONLY if your managerial experiences are relevant to the position you are applying for
Soft Skills are a necessary complement to hard skills that are highly desired by employers. These are the personal attributes that demonstrate that you know how to effectively interact harmoniously with other people. This skill set includes: interpersonal skills, leadership, social graces, personal habits, communication, and personality traits, i.e. your emotional IQ.
Soft Skills must always be demonstrated in action! Traditionally they go under their own category: Leadership Experience, but can also be demonstrated in a Work Experience section.*
So how do you demonstrate that you know how to speak to group? That you work well under pressure? That you are a people person? That you are a good leader?
Good examples of soft skills to put on your resume include:
Organization you join on campus
- Greek Life
- Campus work study
- Honor societies
- Team player
- Investing time in causes you believe in
- Being involved with your religious organization
*Work Experience as a section on your resume is not always necessary for a student to have. This is really a case-by-case situation.For example: Sometimes students must work to support themselves and do not have the time to bet involved with volunteering/leadership. In those situations then of course you have a Work Experience section on your resume and this is how you demonstrate your soft skills in action.
+ - Action Verbs
The first word of every bullet on your resume must begin with a strong action verb. The key is to never use the same action verb more than one time – you always want to make sure that the reader sees you as a potential employee/intern with skills and confidence. Stay away from helping words (Helped, assisted, maintained) that come across as you assisting someone else to be successful. And never use the word “worked” on your resume as an action verb.
Helpful tip: Potential employers will often skim a resume just be reading the first word of each of your bullet points to get an overview of how you brand yourself professionally. Read your own actions verbs. Are you impressed with you?
Action Verbs flyer (Spice up your resume)
+ - Sample Resumes
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