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Resume Essentials

A brief account of one’s experience and qualifications for the purpose of securing an interview for employment.

  • FOCUS - There must be a focus to the document so the resume can stand alone without a cover letter and the reader knows immediately the purpose of the resume
  • QUALIFICATIONS MUST MATCH THE JOB - Identify skills, core attributes, experiences, etc. which show your value to the reader – tell the employer what you can do for them
  • ACTION VERB + SKILL + TASK = RESULT - Formula for writing bulleted phrases defining work experience
  • BALANCE - document must look aesthetically appealing

    • 1 page - 2 pages, only if 2nd page is full
    • Font size: 10-12 pt.
    • Font styles: Calibri, New Times Roman, Arial
    • Must be scanned in 15 seconds or less
    • Avoid using templates such as Microsoft Word - they are difficult to edit 
    • References on a separate page


Resume Guidelines & Examples

Have your resume critiqued by a Career Specialist by calling 701-231-7111 for an appointment.

Top 10 Skills for Job Candidates*
  1. Verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization
  2. Work in a team structure
  3. Make decisions and solve problems
  4. Plan, organize, and prioritize work
  5. Obtain and process information
  6. Analyze quantitative data
  7. Technical knowledge related to the job
  8. Proficiency with computer software programs
  9. Create and/or edit written reports
  10. Sell or influence others

*Source NACE Job Outlook 2013

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North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7111 / Fax: (701) 231-8756
Campus address: Ceres Hall 306
Physical/delivery address: 1301 Administration Ave., Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 5280 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Page manager: Career Center

Last Updated: Friday, August 28, 2015 9:54:31 AM