A resume is...
- A marketing tool for your job and internship search.
- An individually designed document tailored to each application.
- A highlight of your background, experience, and skills.
- Used by employers as a screening device.
- Just one piece of the job search process.
The first draft of your resume is important because it lays the foundation for a more polished version of your resume later.
First Step: Evaluate Your Skills & Interests
Start by identifying your top occupational theme identified in the Explore & Assess area of the Majors section of the website. A clear understanding of your values, interests, and skills will help identify components that you will want to highlight on your resume.
Identify the transferrable skills below that apply to you and write down specific examples of when, where, and how you used the skill.
The skillful expression, transmission and interpretation of knowledge and ideas.
|Speaking effectively||Perceiving nonverbal messages||Writing concisely|
|Persuading||Listening attentively||Reporting information|
|Expressing ideas||Describing feelings||Facilitating group discussion|
|Negotiating||Providing appropriate feedback||Editing|
Research & Planning
The search for specific knowledge and the ability to conceptualize future needs and solutions for meeting those needs.
|Forecasting, predicting||Solving problems||Creating ideas|
|Setting goals||Identifying problems||Extracting important information|
|Imagining alternatives||Defining needs||Identifying resources|
|Analyzing||Gathering information||Developing evaluation strategies|
The use of interpersonal skills for resolving conflict, relating to and helping people.
|Developing rapport||Counseling||Being sensitive|
|Cooperating||Listening||Delegating with respect|
|Conveying feelings||Representing others||Providing support for others|
|Perceiving feelings, situations||Motivating/Asserting||Sharing credit|
Organization, management & leadership
The ability to supervise, direct and guide individuals and groups in the completion of tasks and fulfillment of goals.
|Initiating new ideas||Coaching||Handling details|
|Counseling||Coordinating tasks||Promoting change|
|Managing groups||Selling ideas or products||Delegating responsibility|
|Decision making with others||Teaching||Managing conflict|
The day-to-day skills that assist in promoting effective production and work satisfaction.
|Implementing decisions||Meeting goals||Cooperating|
|Enlisting help||Enforcing policies||Accepting responsibility|
|Being punctual||Setting and meeting deadlines||Managing time|
|Organizing||Attending to detail||Making decisions|
It's helpful to make a list of all of your high school and college experiences. Consider the following points for each experience:
- The tasks, duties, and responsibilities involved
- Skills, knowledge, and training required
- The parts I liked best/least
- The areas in which I excelled
- My biggest challenges
- Skills I developed as a result of the experience
- Interests I developed as a result of the experience
After completing this exercise for multiple experiences, do any patterns emerge? If so, how can these inform your decision making as you continue to explore career choices?