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An employer spends an average of 15 to 20 seconds reviewing a resume.
Can you get employers to spend more than 20 seconds reviewing your resume?

Here’s how...

Create unique resume categories that highlight your relevant skills and experience. Typical sections to include:

  • Objective – states what type of job or internship you’re looking for.
  • Education – lists your degrees and other relevant training.
  • Experience – Any employment, internships, significant campus leadership offices, volunteer work, and class/research projects.

Additional Categories

  • Emphasize activities outside of school and employment. Possibilities:
    • Honors/Awards/Fellowships/Scholarships
    • Volunteer Experience
    • Study Abroad
    • Campus Activities & Involvement
    • Leadership
    • Certifications & Licenses
    • Language Proficiency
    • Relevant Coursework
    • Technical/Computer Skills
    • Professional Affiliations

More Suggestions

  • Write descriptive “action word” statements for each experience adding results or accomplishments.
  • Use key words throughout your resume that show your skills to an employer.
  • Pick a format and stick to it. Use consistent spacing, font, and format and convert to a PDF.
  • Keep it error-free! That means no spelling or grammatical mistakes.