Your Guide to Writing a Resumé

Optimal Resumé at Newman University, this website provides a vareity of tools to help you CREATE, PRESENT, MANAGE and SHARE your professional credentials.

What is a Resumé?

A resumé is a summary of your qualifications, including your skills, experience and education. It’s your personal marketing tool to show that you have what the employer is seeking.

Resumés can serve several different functions:

  • It can be a self-inventory, preparing you before the job hunt to recall all that you’ve accomplished thus far in your life.
  • It can be an extended calling card, whose purpose is to get you invited in for an interview, by the employer(s) to whom you send that “calling card.”
  • It can be an agenda for an interview, affording the interviewer a springboard from which to launch his or her inquiry about you, after you have been invited in.
  • It can be a memory jogger for the employer after the interview, or for a whole committee – if a group is involved in the hiring decision.

There is no one right way to write a resumé. The ‘right way’ for you is whatever way most effectively presents your qualifications and skills relative to the job you are seeking.

First Impressions

Keep in mind that the resumé is usually the first impression that the employer has of you. Most employers spend only a few seconds scanning each resumé, so you want to be sure that yours stands out. Following are some suggestions:

  • Be sure your resumé is error free. There should be absolutely no punctuation, spelling or grammatical errors.
  • It should be well organized, easy to read, and professional. The language should be clear and concise, but also flow easily.
  • Include the information most relevant to the job at the beginning of the resumé.
  • Use good quality paper in a neutral color.