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Career development is a lifelong process and should be considered one of your top priorities as a Wright State University student. After all, one of your main goals as a student is to prepare for a rewarding career upon graduation. In an effort to better serve our students, we have compiled a number of resources on resume building. Along with utilizing these resources, also feel free to make an appointment with members of the CLASS Workforce Development staff in order to have your resume proofread or ask any additional questions.

Resume Tips

Key Points

  • Make resume professional, attractive, and easy to read.
  • Place most important information first.
  • Bold, italicize, capitalize, or underline critical facts.
  • Do not include personal information (birthdate, race, etc.).
  • Stress results, skills, and accomplishments rather than performed duties.
  • Use the correct tense when describing past/present activities.
  • Proofread for misspelled words and grammatical errors. (Have someone else proofread your resume).
  • Use resume to market yourself.
  • Choose headers to highlight your individual strengths (Leadership Skills, Computer Skills, Relevant Coursework, etc.).
  • Begin sentences with action words.
  • Avoid personal pronouns (I, me, my).
  • Confine your resume to one page if possible.
  • Do not use abbreviations, slang, or jargon.
  • Laser print on good quality white or off-white resume paper.

Tips on Writing a Scannable Resume

The following are tips that will help you make your resume more easily scannable:

  • Use San Serif fonts. These are fonts that do not have little diagonal slash marks at the end of horizontal lines to make the letters fancy. The following fonts are best to use: Times, Arial, Palatino, Helvetica, Futura, Optima, New Century Schoolbook, Bookman, and Courier.
  • Font sizes should be between 11-14 points.
  • Avoid italics, script, and underlining words.
  • Avoid any graphics and shading.
  • Do not compress your resume to make it fit on one page. More white space means a scannable resume.
  • Use horizontal and vertical lines sparingly. It is best to avoid them entirely, but if you do choose to include a line, make sure there is plenty of room on either side.
  • NEVER use a dot-matrix printer. Use an inkjet or laser printer to ensure a good quality print job.
  • Always send originals, even for degree titles. When in doubt, write it out.
  • Do use industry jargon and abbreviations (like MIS for Management Information Systems) whenever possible. Scanners are programmed to search for keywords on a resume, so try to use as many as possible.
  • Use light colored (white or ivory) 8.5 x 11 paper. Print on one side only!
  • Your name should stand alone on the first line of your resume. Put your address below your name, not next to it or above it.
  • Explain any unfamiliar job titles.
  • No staples!
  • Do not fold your resume. Send it in a large envelope (make sure it has enough postage).

Resume Categories


  • Include your name, permanent and local addresses (include zip codes), phone (include area code), email address, and WWW homepage if applicable.


  • A brief statement summarizing the type of work you want to do and a career field in which you are interested.
  • Let the reader know your specific interests; provide a focus for the rest of the resume.
  • Focus on skills; begin with active verbs such as "seeking," "desire," or "to obtain".


  • Summarize your educational achievements (colleges attended, their locations, graduation dates, certificates, academic majors, minors, and course concentrations).
  • Start with most recent degree awarded and work backward.
  • Do not list high school or earlier education unless exceptional or relevant in some way.
  • GPA is optional, include if you feel it will enhance your resume.
  • Include any relevant coursework (specific to your objective) or training (laboratory techniques, computer skills, etc.).
  • If you had paid for part of your college expenses through scholarships or work, you may include that in this section.


  • Any experience relevant to your stated job objective, whether paid or unpaid, is significant and should be included in this section.
  • You may include full-time or part-time work experience, volunteer jobs, internships, or cooperative education placements, and clinical experiences relevant to your field.
  • Focus on transferable skills (communication, analysis, teamwork, research, leadership, writing).


  • Emphasize any significant activities you participate in outside of work (community service, extracurricular, etc.).
  • List activities that demonstrate leadership ability, initiative, good communication skills, and perseverance.
  • Highlight leadership roles you have held.

Honors and Awards

  • If award or organization is well known, listing your honors/awards may be sufficient.
  • If not well known, write out identifying information or qualifications for the award.


  • For most resumes, it is sufficient to state "References available upon request."
  • You will need to create a separate reference page that should include the person's name, title, address, and phone number.
  • Ask individuals (supervisors, professors, advisors) if they will serve as a positive reference for you.

Additional Information

  • Areas of Knowledge: special qualifications, language skills, military experience, etc.
  • Publications and Presentations
  • Personal Data (only if it relates to the position you are applying for).

Accomplishment Statements

Developing an Accomplishment Statement

Accomplishment statements should be brief, specific, and results oriented. Begin each statement with an action verb. Use quantitative or qualitative measures wherever possible.

In general, consider an activity to be an accomplishment if any of the following occurred:

  • Your performance exceeded past performances.
  • Equal results were achieved with fewer resources.
  • Things were made easier, simpler, or were done more quickly.
  • Something new was achieved.

An effective accomplishment statement consists of four parts:

  • A potential problem, opportunity, or issue
  • What you actually accomplished
  • What you did about it
  • The measurement of resultant benefit to the organization

Types of accomplishments:

  • Reduced costs, processing errors (resulting in increased quality, sales, etc.).
  • Planned a program.
  • Advocated legal rights at a domestic violence shelter by accompanying victims at their cases.
  • Helped to create and implement various programs to teach those between the ages of 13 and 80 to canoe, windsurf, and sail.

Examples of accomplishment statements:

  • Initiated advanced assembly procedures to increase production by 10% by reducing turn around time from 5 to 4 days.
  • Planned and scheduled over twenty tours per week, organized and conducted monthly meetings for over twenty tour guides.
  • Trained new employees in customer service and telephone procedures.
  • Administered campus tours and served on informative panels for prospective students for the past three years.

Resume Checklist

The following checklist is designed to assist you in ensuring that your resume includes the types of information that will best market your skills, knowledge, and experiences to an employer.

Job Objective

  • Job objective targeted toward a specific position or career field
  • Absence of personal pronouns


  • Full name of college or university
  • City and state where the institution is located
  • Degree pursued or obtained
  • Complete title(s) of major(s), minor(s), concentration(s), or certificate(s)
  • Month and year of graduation
  • GPA and scale used at the institution
  • Academic honors
  • Institution entries listed in reverse chronological order


  • Full name of the organization
  • City and state where the organization is located
  • Starting and ending months and years of service
  • Title of position
  • Specific organizational department
  • Particular responsibilities
  • Specific accomplishments
  • Required or developed transferable skills and specialized knowledge.
  • Short descriptive phrases that begin with action verbs when describing entries
  • Absence of personal pronouns
  • Qualified or quantified entries
  • Appropriate tense
  • Absence of slang, jargon, and abbreviations
  • Absence of personal information
  • Dated entries listed in reverse chronological order

College Activities

  • Full name of the organization
  • Title of position
  • Starting and ending months and years of service
  • Particular responsibilities
  • Specific accomplishments
  • Required or developed transferable skills and specialized knowledge
  • Short descriptive phrases that begin with action verbs when describing entries
  • Absence of personal pronouns
  • Qualified or quantified entries
  • Appropriate tense
  • Absence of slang, jargon, and abbreviations
  • Dated entries listed in reverse chronological order

Specialized Categories

  • Relevant courses
  • Special projects
  • Honors or awards
  • Military experience
  • International experience
  • Computer experience
  • Short descriptive phrases that begin with action verbs when describing entries
  • Absence of personal pronouns
  • Qualified or quantified entries
  • Appropriate tense
  • Absence of slang, jargon, and abbreviations
  • Category labeled according to corresponding entries

References and Letters of Recommendation

  • Reference notation on resume
  • Reference page with three to five references


  • Resume confined to one page
  • Categories arranged with relevant information first
  • Professional and easily read font
  • Bold, italicized, underlined, or capitalized words or phrases to guide the reader
  • Absence of misspelled words or typographical errors
  • Laser printed on high-quality bond paper

Career Services Resume Resources

Need your resume reviewed? Contact Wayne Stark to schedule an appointment. We are here to support you.

Wayne Stark, M.A.

Career Center
Career Consultant
Millett Hall 139, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001


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