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A resume is a one- to two-page document that outlines your education, skills, accomplishments and experience. Its purpose is to help you capture the attention of an employer so you can get an interview.
When seeking a job or internship, design your resume to highlight your most related experience and skills. Write about internship(s), related volunteer experiences; academic or individual projects depending on your ﬁeld of study or career goals.
Objective (optional): An objective is used to explain why you are creating this resume and can be an opportunity to connect you to a specific job/internship, but they are not mandatory.
Seeking an internship in human services for the Summer of 20XX utilizing demonstrated interpersonal and helping skills.
Education: List your degrees, majors, minors, study abroad and/or any other relevant training/opportunities.
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Master of Art, Major, Graduation Month 20XX
Bachelor of Arts or Science, Major, Graduation Month 20XX
Experience: Any employment, internships, significant campus leadership offices, volunteer work and class/research projects.
Human Services Experience
Kids 1st Therapy, Getzville, New York April-July 20XX
Skills: Use this section to highlight skills that are specifically related to the job/internship you are seeking.
Languages: Fluent in Cantonese and basic Mandarin
Software/Programs: Adobe Creative Suite, CAD, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Publisher, Access)
Certifications: American Heart Association CPR (June 20XX)
Relevant Projects: Projects that you did in class that are related to your major/career interest.
Marketing Plan, University at Buffalo Spring 20XX
Involvement: List clubs, sports, leadership roles and/or volunteering that you've done. This is especially helpful when looking for internships or part-time job without having a lot of work experience. Include accomplishments using strong action words.
UB Club Hockey, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York
Achievements: Indicate noteworthy academic, athletic, community, club and employer recognition.
Note: If you are only listing 1-3 honors, consider incorporating into education section rather than creating separate section.
Honors and Awards
The length may vary but a general rule is keep your resume between 1-2 pages, preferably 1 page if possible.
1-inch margins are best, but you can use .5 inches if you need room.
Keep your text and bullet points aligned-left to keep your resume clean and easy to read.
Save your resume as both a Word (.doc) document and as a PDF.
Use an easy to read font like Arial, Calibri, Garamond, Georgia, Helvetica or Times New Roman.
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