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A resume sells YOU! It is a personal summary of your experiences and qualifications for the position you are seeking. Often the first contact you have with employers is your resume. It informs them of your accomplishments, educational and personal background, work experience, and interests. Your resume tells an employer:

  1. Who you are;
  2. What you know;
  3. What you have done.

Resume Outline

Begin by filling out a resume worksheet. It will help you organize the information you will be using in the resume. A good resume will include:

Education College:
Include: Area of concentration; major and minor; indicate you are a candidate for a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science; expected date of graduation; academic achievements, honors, awards; extra-curricular activities (sports, clubs, committees).


Education High School/Secondary School:
Include: Name and location of your high school; year of graduation; major programs studied; academic achievements; honors, science fair awards; all of your extra-curricular activities. Pertinent advanced courses such as drafting, computer technology, physics, calculus, machine shop and/or electronics should also be included.


Computer Background:
List all computer languages you know and computer systems you are familiar with. Also, add special computer related experiences, i.e. owning a personal computer, writing programs, etc..


Work Experience:
Include all work experiences, full or part-time, paid or volunteer. In reverse chronological order, the most recent being first, list the position you held, specific duties, place of employment and location, and dates of employment. The description of the duties of each job should emphasize the tasks performed, indicating specialties learned, skills developed, scope of responsibility, and results achieved. Of particular importance are experiences illustrating leadership potential, organizational ability, communication skills, ingenuity, and teamwork. Use Action Verbs Answer the question "What did I do?"!


Include all hobbies that you have and are involved in outside of school; Model Building, Chess, Auto Mechanics, Debating, Painting, Kits, Training Aardvarks.


Community and Service Activities:
Include all community and service related activities you were involved with in high school or are presently involved.


Under the heading "References" the statement, "References will be supplied upon request" will suffice. (It is important, however, that you are prepared to give at least three references when filling out your company application form).

Name, address, city, state, ZIP code, telephone number with area code, and e-mail address.

All college, university, and professional school information, including

  • Degree awarded
  • Name of institution, city, and state
  • Major, minor, area of concentration
  • Graduation date (month and year)Experience, including
  • Title of position
  • Name of employer (company or organization)
  • City and state of employer
  • Beginning and ending dates of employment (month and year)
  • Accomplishment statements beginning with action verbs. Quantify your experience with facts and figures wherever possible. Depending upon your background, you may also include the following:
  • Career objective indicating the level or type of position you are seeking, the type of organization you want to work for, and the skills you want to use in the position.
  • G.P.A. if it is 3.0 or higher, including the grading scale: for example, "3.9/4.0."
  • College courses if they are relevant to the position.
  • Honors, Awards, Scholarships, Fellowships
  • Licenses and Certificates
  • Publications, Presentations, and Research
  • Memberships and Activities
  • Skills
  • References


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