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Resumes...

 Building the "perfect resume" is vital to your success in attaining interviews with employers. Typos, grammatical errors or poorly worded descriptions can cost you the interviews you want and need.

Getting Started...

  • Basics
  • Samples
  • Action Words
  • Resume Builder
  • FAQ

 Resume Basics...

  • Resume Length: Unless you are applying for a top-level position your resume should fit on a single page. Keep in mind that your resume is not an autobiography but a summary of your experience, qualifications and skills.
  • Fonts: The font-type used should be Times New Roman or Arial with the font-size between 10-12
  • Margins: Margins should be between .5" and 1.5"
  • Paper: The paper used should be 8 1/2" X 11", white or off-white, 24 pound paper
  • Printing: Resumes should be printed out individually and not photocopied from an original to ensure quality and legibility
  • Proofreading: Grammatical or spelling mistakes on resumes can be embarrassing and cost you interviews, particularly if the item misspelled is something critical so proofread your resume carefully. See a Career Counselor during walk-ins or by appointment to have your resume reviewed.

  *Please see our events calendar for upcoming Resume Workshops

 There are four basic resume types:

  • Chronological Resume: Outlines education and work experience in reverse chronological order.
  • Curriculum Vitae: Used primarily in the academic community, to comprehensively outline earned degrees,teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, and featuring related activities.
  • Functional Resume: Defines professional skills and knowledge in a practical format providing greater insight into skills and abilities. Recommended for candidates who have had either a great deal of education or a significant number of different employment situations.
  • Combined Chronological -Functional Resume: Provides a functional listing of skills and an abbreviated employment history.

Resume Samples

 Action Words: should be utilized to better convey your skills, experience and responsibilities and to make recruiters take notice

 Sample Phrases: are examples that you can use in your resume to describe your experience and responsibilities

Action Words by Skills Categories:

Communication/People Skills

  • Addressed
  • Advertised
  • Arbitrated
  • Arranged
  • Articulated
  • Authored
  • Clarified
  • Collaborated
  • Communicated
  • Composed
  • Condensed
  • Conferred
  • Consulted
  • Contacted
  • Conveyed
  • Convinced
  • Corresponded
  • Debated
  • Defined
  • Developed
  • Directed
  • Discussed
  • Drafted
  • Edited
  • Elicited
  • Enlisted
  • Explained
  • Expressed
  • Formulated
  • Furnished
  • Incorporated
  • Influenced
  • Interacted
  • Interpreted
  • Interpreted
  • Interviewed
  • Involved
  • Joined
  • Judged
  • Lectured
  • Listened
  • Marketed
  • Mediated
  • Moderated
  • Negotiated
  • Observed
  • Outlined
  • Participated
  • Persuaded
  • Presented
  • Promoted
  • Proposed
  • Publicized
  • Reconciled
  • Recruited
  • Referred
  • Reinforced
  • Reported
  • Resolved
  • Responded
  • Solicited
  • Specified
  • Spoke
  • Suggested
  • Summarized
  • Synthesized
  • Translated
  • Wrote

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Creative Skills

  • Acted
  • Adapted
  • Began
  • Combined
  • Composed
  • Conceptualized
  • Condensed
  • Created
  • Customized
  • Designed
  • Developed
  • Directed
  • Displayed
  • Drew
  • Entertained
  • Established
  • Fashioned
  • Formulated
  • Founded
  • Illustrated
  • Initiated
  • Instituted
  • Integrated
  • Introduced
  • Invented
  • Modeled
  • Modified
  • Originated
  • Performed
  • Photographed
  • Planned
  • Revised
  • Revitalized
  • Shaped
  • Solved

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Data/Financial Skills

  • Administered
  • Adjusted
  • Allocated
  • Analyzed
  • Appraised
  • Assessed
  • Audited
  • Balanced
  • Budgeted
  • Calculated
  • Computed
  • Conserved
  • Corrected
  • Determined
  • Developed
  • Estimated
  • Forecasted
  • Managed
  • Marketed
  • Measured
  • Netted
  • Planned
  • Prepared
  • Programmed
  • Projected
  • Qualified
  • Reconciled
  • Reduced
  • Researched
  • Retrieved

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Helping Skills

  • Adapted
  • Advocated
  • Aided
  • Answered
  • Arranged
  • Assessed
  • Assisted
  • Clarified
  • Coached
  • Collaborated
  • Contributed
  • Cooperated
  • Counseled
  • Demonstrated
  • Diagnosed
  • Educated
  • Encouraged
  • Ensured
  • Expedited
  • Facilitated
  • Familiarized
  • Furthered
  • Guided
  • Helped
  • Insured
  • Intervened
  • Motivated
  • Prevented
  • Provided
  • Referred
  • Rehabilitated
  • Represented
  • Resolved
  • Simplified
  • Supplied
  • Supported
  • Volunteered

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Management/Leadership Skills

  • Administered
  • Analyzed
  • Appointed
  • Approved
  • Assigned
  • Attained
  • Authorized
  • Chaired
  • Considered
  • Consolidated
  • Contracted
  • Controlled
  • Converted
  • Coordinated
  • Decided
  • Delegated
  • Developed
  • Directed
  • Eliminated
  • Emphasized
  • Enforced
  • Enhanced
  • Established
  • Executed
  • Generated
  • Handled
  • Headed
  • Hired
  • Hosted
  • Improved
  • Incorporated
  • Increased
  • Initiated
  • Inspected
  • Instituted
  • Led
  • Managed
  • Merged
  • Motivated
  • Navigated
  • Organized
  • Originated
  • Overhauled
  • Oversaw
  • Planned
  • Presided
  • Prioritized
  • Produced
  • Recommended
  • Reorganized
  • Replaced
  • Restored
  • Reviewed
  • Scheduled
  • Secured
  • Selected
  • Streamlined
  • Strengthened
  • Supervised
  • Terminated

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Organizational Skills

  • Approved
  • Arranged
  • Catalogued
  • Categorized
  • Charted
  • Classified
  • Coded
  • Collected
  • Compiled
  • Corrected
  • Corresponded
  • Distributed
  • Executed
  • Filed
  • Generated
  • Incorporated
  • Inspected
  • Logged
  • Maintained
  • Monitored
  • Obtained
  • Operated
  • Ordered
  • Organized
  • Prepared
  • Processed
  • Provided
  • Purchased
  • Recorded
  • Registered
  • Reserved
  • Responded
  • Reviewed
  • Routed
  • Scheduled
  • Screened
  • Submitted
  • Supplied
  • Standardized
  • Systematized
  • Updated
  • Validated
  • Verified

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Research Skills

  • Analyzed
  • Clarified
  • Collected
  • Compared
  • Conducted
  • Critiqued
  • Detected
  • Determined
  • Diagnosed
  • Evaluated
  • Examined
  • Experimented
  • Explored
  • Extracted
  • Formulated
  • Gathered
  • Inspected
  • Interviewed
  • Invented
  • Investigated
  • Located
  • Measured
  • Organized
  • Researched
  • Reviewed
  • Searched
  • Solved
  • Summarized
  • Surveyed
  • Systematized
  • Tested

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Teaching Skills

  • Adapted
  • Advised
  • Clarified
  • Coached
  • Communicated
  • Conducted
  • Coordinated
  • Critiqued
  • Developed
  • Enabled
  • Encouraged
  • Evaluated
  • Explained
  • Facilitated
  • Focused
  • Guided
  • Individualized
  • Informed
  • Instilled
  • Instructed
  • Motivated
  • Persuaded
  • Simulated
  • Stimulated
  • Taught
  • Tested
  • Trained
  • Transmitted
  • Tutored

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Technical Skills

  • Adapted
  • Applied
  • Assembled
  • Built
  • Calculated
  • Computed
  • Conserved
  • Constructed
  • Converted
  • Debugged
  • Designed
  • Determined
  • Developed
  • Engineered
  • Fabricated
  • Fortified
  • Installed
  • Maintained
  • Operated
  • Overhauled
  • Printed
  • Programmed
  • Rectified
  • Regulated
  • Remodeled
  • Repaired
  • Replaced
  • Restored
  • Solved
  • Specialized
  • Standardized
  • Studied
  • Upgraded
  • Utilized

Sample Phrases:

  • Credited with having accomplished...
  • Commended for...
  • Served as a ___ for ___ years before being promoted to...
  • Acquired knowledge of...
  • Organized and implemented new ___ system which increased efficiency in...
  • Trained and supervised...
  • Work required accuracy under pressure...
  • In charge of...
  • Effective/successful in...(preventing or minimizing employee theft)
  • Developed ability to (handle many tasks simultaneously)
  • Coordinate creative marketing displays...
  • Assist (manager in...) etc.
  • Assigned overtime hours due to reputation for being a hard worker
  • Train new employees and organize work schedules...
  • Gained basic knowledge of (office) (restaurant) operations...
  • Recognized as...(top salesperson)
  • Organized and maintained...(record system)
  • Deal with...(booking agents, club owners, high level executives etc...)
  • Assist customers, sell ___ equipment, operate cash register
  • Motivate and supervise employees in...
  • Recognized for effective customer service...
  • Implemented various ___ procedures...
  • Helping manage...
  • Volunteered at yearly (blood drive)...
  • Prepared spreadsheets for...
  • Analyzed and balanced...
  • Reconciled vender accounts with discrepancies...
  • Served as troubleshooter for...
  • Counseled school age children...

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