What is a Resume? A Resume is a document that markets your education, experiences, and skills in addition to focusing on what is most relevant to an employer. It is important to dedicate time to developing a focused resume for each type of position you apply for.

Keep in mind that resumes are not just for graduating seniors! First year students, sophomores and juniors need resumes to apply for part-time jobs, graduate school, scholarships and internships. If you start writing your resume early, it will be in great shape by the time you are ready to search for a full-time job.

The following information was developed by the Office of Career Counseling and Services to help students begin the process of writing your very own resume.
Some helpful tips might be:

  • There is no one correct way to format a resume.  For a college student, it is usually one page and is primarily focused on your college years.  If you have trouble filling a page with information (fairly common for first-year students), consider a bulleted format.  If your information spills over to a second page (many seniors), use a paragraph format to take full advantage of the page.
  • Your resume is a marketing tool
    • Use white or ivory resume paper
    • Use short concise statements
    • Use numbers, percentages and dollar amounts
    • Keep it easy to read
  • Style Recommendations
    • Recommended font throughout the resume: Times Roman 12 or Arial 11
    • Bold major section headers and job titles
    • Avoid Underlining & Italics
  • Parts of a Resume
    • Contact Information: top of page
    • Objective Statement (optional)
    • Education
      • College, city and state
      • Degree or program
      • Date of graduation
      • Major and minor
    • Honors and Awards
    • Experience: full and part time jobs, self-employment, volunteer work, internships
      • Use Action Verbs: Accomplished, Administered, Analyzed, Arranged, Assisted, Built, Completed, Conducted, Coordinated, Demonstrated, Designed, Developed, Effected, Established, Generated, Implemented, Maintained, Managed, Ordered, Participated, Performed, Planned, Prepared, Reviewed, Served, Scheduled, Supervised
    • Other: Skills, training, certification, travel (i.e.: foreign languages, chauffeur license, CPR certified, etc)
  • Types of Resumes:
    • Chronological: Arranged in date order, Highlights work experience, List most recent to least recent,
    • Functional: Arranged by functions or skills, Highlights assets/skills, List in order of importance/relevance, Can play down gaps of time with no work

If you’re not sure how to start, attend a resume writing workshop for assistance.

To have your resume critiqued by the Office of Career Counseling and Services you must make an appointment.  Email career@nyack.edu, call ext. 4584 or stop by the office to schedule your appointment today!