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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

  • ERROR-FREE - NO EXCEPTIONS

Resume Guidelines & Examples

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

Top 10 Attributes Employers Want to See on a Resume*
  1. Leadership
  2. Ability to work in a team
  3. Communication skills (written)
  4. Problem-solving skills
  5. Communication skills (verbal)
  6. Strong work ethic
  7. Initiative
  8. Analytical/quantitative skills
  9. Flexibility/adaptability
  10. Technical skills

*Source NACE Job Outlook 2016


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Phone: +1 (701) 231-7111 / Fax: (701) 231-8756
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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: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 2:21:20 PM
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