Developing Content

Using the list of experiences you developed, determine which are most relevant to the type of position you’re seeking.

The information on your resume should demonstrate that you are qualified for a particular position and that you would be an asset to the organization. If you’re unclear about what type of position you desire, or if you’re applying for a number of jobs in different fields, design a more general resume. A general resume should show your professional skills and your accomplishments in related or diverse fields. Over time, you may wish to develop two versions of your resume—one targeted to a specific field or type of position, and another more general resume.

Keep in mind that your resume should not exceed one page. To focus your resume, group your experiences into categories like the following:

  • Name and Contact Information: Include your address, phone number, email, and the URL for your LinkedIn public profile. You may wish to provide both your college and home address.
  • Education: State that you are a candidate for a BA and list your expected graduation date.You may also include your declared or intended major, relevant coursework, honors, awards, study abroad information, and your GPA (generally, it is only preferable to include your GPA if it is above 3.00).
  • Experience: Include paid and unpaid work, volunteer experiences, campus positions, and leadership experiences. In reverse chronological order (beginning with the most recent), list each employer’s name and location, your title, the dates during which you worked for the employer, and information on your job duties. If you have extensive experience in one particular field or area, you may want to define a separate category to highlight those positions or skills (e.g., Research Experience, Leadership Experience, or Volunteer Experience).
  • Activities: Highlight campus activities in which you’ve served in leadership roles or gained significant experience and skills that will be relevant in the workplace.
  • Honors and Awards: If you have acquired a number of honors or awards, you may wish to emphasize this aspect of your background by creating a separate section on your resume.
  • Skills or Skills and Interests or Skills and Background: Include job-related skills like computer skills, scientific laboratory skills, foreign language skills,editing and proofreading skills, and so on. You may also include a brief list of interests that may be relevant to a position or provides a broader picture of your background.