Craft Your Resume

Our easy to use, step by step guide will assist you in creating an award winning resume!

How To Get Your Resume Seen

Have you ever applied for a job/internship you knew you were “perfect” for, but then they never called? You have an awesome background, so what happened? You may be surprised to learn that your resume can get booted from an employer’s application process if it is not formatted for their Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

Here are a few tips to get through Applicant Tracking Systems:

  • Complete.
    Complete every section in an on-line application. If you leave anything blank you may be rejected before anybody even looks at your application.
  • Keywords.
    Customize the resume for the specific position using keywords exactly as written in the ad including the job title, criteria for success in the position as well as keywords for skills somebody looking for that position would be likely to search on.
  • Supporting Words.
    Modern ATSs look for keywords in context, so be sure to surround your keywords with other supporting words rather than just listing them.
  • Job Title.
    If you're applying for a specific job, include a single, centered line in bold below your contact information which states that you are seeking a position as (job title), with (company name).

For more in-depth tips, try our Navigating the Hiring Process page.

Example of an Effective Resume

Top 4 tips for crafting an effective resume

  1. Remember your audience
    Write for your audience. Include a description of the company/industry to help describe what you’ve done and to highlight industries you have experience with. Make titles and dates easy to find/scan. Think in terms of what they need and need to see.
  2. Keywords
    If an employer were filling a position, what keywords would they use to find you? Check your resume for inclusion of those keywords. Weave them through the resume. You can also include a section at the bottom of your resume.
  3. State obvious job function matches and use their lingo
    List what skills and experiences they are seeking and then cross check that you have matched those priorities on your resume. Do not risk letting them connect the dots. Use lingo they used to describe yourself.
  4. WIFM points and tangible contribution ($ | % | #)
    Have you documented your abilities and success stories with quantifiable or tangible points such as ($) dollars saved or earned or (%) growth, or productivity units/ hours saved or increased?

Sample Resumes

Professional Resume Example:

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Academic Resume Example:

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