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Resumes demonstrate to an employer that you are qualified for the job by highlighting your experiences and skills that are relevant to the job you want. Crafting a competitive resume means customizing it for each job you apply for. The days of generic resume objectives and lackluster task-based bullet points are over! Your resume is an opportunity to lead by example, share your achievements, and tell a story. Ask your Career Advisor for the accomplishment statement formula at your next advising session. 

A resume is a comprehensive professional document that provides a snapshot of who you are, including your skills, abilities, and professional experiences. It is an opportunity to make a great lasting first impression with hiring managers, HR, future employers, and recruiters by providing insights into how you might fit into a job or company culture. A well-crafted resume can set you apart from other candidates. A resume is not meant to get you a job - it is meant to get you an interview.

A resume should be about your future - where are you headed? What skills and abilities are you going to take with you to this next position? Make your resume about the future by tailoring it to the job description that you’re applying for - this means revising it each time you apply for a new job.

The 5 Steps of Resume Development

  1. Analyze the position description and tailor your resume to the job.
  2. Highlight your education and achievements related to the job description.
  3. Identify relevant skills, knowledge, and experience for the job.
  4. Use accomplishment statements (action + project + result).
  5. Format your resume, generally one page using headers with 3-5 sections.

Need help with your resume? Schedule an advising session by calling (707) 664-2198 or emailing