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The Career Development Center is dedicated to helping students fulfill the lifelong pursuit of purpose by providing services, access to information, resources, and experiences that address individual career needs.


  • Make it visually attractive.

  • Create your own unique layout.

  • Keep it brief and to the point.

  • Use key words from the field for which you are applying.

  • Use action phrases rather than complete sentences or paragraphs.

  • Stress accomplishments, responsibilities, and variety of duties performed.

  • Develop and maintain a consistent and orderly presentation throughout your resume.

  • Emphasize your strongest skills or most important employment or educational experience, especially those related to your career goal.

  • Stress your advancements, increased responsibilities, and/or accomplishments if you have worked for one organization for a long period of time.


  • Use abbreviations (except in the cases of grade point average and degrees; it is optional in these instances).

  • List previous salaries, supervisors, employer addresses, or reasons for leaving.

  • Have any misspelling or typographical errors.

  • Use personal pronouns such as "I" or "my."

  • Include your Social Security Number.

  • Include a photograph of yourself.

  • Use brightly colored paper.

  • Use a resume template, such as those in Microsoft Word.

  • List names of references. This is done on a separate page and only at an employer's request.

Updated: 09/22/2014