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Start here for the essentials on resume writing. For more details and tips on how to make yours stand out check out the Resume Guide and pay a visit to the Career Services office for personalized resume help.

What is a Resume?
A personal marketing tool with the sole purpose of getting the interview (the resume is just to get you in the door, the interview is for getting the job)
What is on a Resume?
A sample of your written communication skills that includes a  summary of your education, experience, skills & qualifications
How Do I Begin?
Each component on your resume should support your career objective. One way to begin your resume is to list everything you have ever done from your first day of college. Then, eliminate the items that are not as relevant to your career objective. You will find that you have more relevant experience than you think.

Required Information:
Contact Information:   At the top of the resume identify yourself by name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address (make sure you use a professional-sounding email address -- hint:  your Trinity email address sounds professional).
Education:  List all institutions of higher education attended where degrees or certificates were received in reverse chronological order. Degree(s) earned, including majors, minors and concentrations. Grade Point Average, if above 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Major GPA can be included if it is better than your cumulative- just be certain to label it as MAJOR GPA.
Experience:   Prospective employers read this section with the thought, “How does this person’s experiences and abilities relate to this position and my organization’s needs?” Therefore, this section should highlight these areas for the employers. Experience includes internships, volunteer work, senior projects, job shadowing, and student teaching. It includes both paid and unpaid experience. Use action words (see Resume Guide) and highlight your specific personal accomplishments when describing your experiences.  Always list experiences in reverse chronological order.

Optional Components
Objective:   The objective statement should precisely state what you are looking for in a position. Its main purpose is to communicate to prospective employers that you are specifically interested in their organization and a posted job. If you do not have a clear objective in mind, or if you cannot make it specific, do not include one.
Additional Components:   Should be used if they offer supporting evidence of your qualifications for the job. Choose headings that are descriptive of the material that follows. Examples include: Computer Skills, Honors, Professional Associations, Publications, Research, Relevant Courses, Leadership, or any other heading that may support your career objective statement.

Do Not Include: Personal information such as age, marital status; pictures or hobbies unrelated to the job can work against you. High school information if you are past your freshman year. Employers are interested in  experiences you have while in college.

A Note On Professional References
References should not be on the actual resume but on a separate page and only when asked for.  Note that we use the term professional references which means individuals who supervised your work or academic experience.  Do not use peers or family members as references.  Always ask for permission to use someone as a reference.  List their name, mailling address, telephone number, and email if they give permission for that.

Additional Tips: Your resume should be as tailored as possible to the job for which you are applying. Imagine that you are in the employer’s shoes. What are the experiences that make you a good fit for the position? The key is to make your resume not just sound impressive but have real relevance to the job in question. Your most recent experience may not be the one which you wish to highlight. If this is the case, consider a functional rather than a chronological format for your resume (see Resume Guide for samples). Resumes should only be one page in most circumstances. Employers only spend 15-30 seconds on each resume so the important information should stand out.

Scannable and electronic resumes:  May require less formatting and certainly minimal graphics.  Anytime you have to submit a resume via an online system or where you anticipate that resumes will be scanned into a database make sure you scale back on formatting and use basic fonts

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USE YOUR TRINITY ADVANTAGE… Visit the Career Services staff in Suite 215 of the University Coates Center to learn more about resumes, reference lists, and correspondence letters (cover, thank you, acceptance, rejection). We can also take you around the Career Library and guide you through the various resources and services that Career Services has to offer. To have your resumes critiqued by our professional staff, come visit us during walk-in hours from 1:30 to 4:00, Monday through Friday.