Creating Your Resume

Your resume is a professional summary of your experiences where employers get a snapshot of your skills, abilities, and achievements. There’s no “right” way to write a resume; it is a unique reflection of your experiences. However, you want to be sure your format is consistent, your experiences are relevant to the position, and your writing is concise. Find tips and tricks to format a resume to get you to the next step in the process…the interview.

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Resume Sample

Your resume should be strategically written to briefly and effectively communicate your experience. Whether you’re applying for a part-time position, volunteer opportunity, internship, or a full-time job, you want your resume to professionally reflect your qualifications. We’ve provide a few resume samples to get you started. For resumes that are specific to industry, visit our Career Communities portal for documents and resources tailored for each college.

General Resume Sample

Need Feedback With Your Resume?

Visit our Express Drop-In service between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays for assistance with starting a resume or bring a hard copy of your resume to receive on-the-spot tips for enhancing and polishing. No appointment is needed for the Express Drop-In service.

If you prefer to schedule an appointment for a resume review, log into Gator CareerLink to request a career planning appointment.

The Top Three Skills Employers Are Looking For:

1. Communication Skills – The ability to effectively exchange thoughts and ideas with others through listening, speaking, writing, and non-verbal interactions.

2. Critical Thinking – The ability to process and interpret information objectively in order to make decisions. The ability to reflect upon the outcomes of decisions made in order to inform future actions.

3. Teamwork – The ability to navigate interactions with a variety of individuals to contribute to a common goal.

It’s important to know how to communicate the skills employers are looking for and what sets you apart from other candidates. Start thinking about the experiences you’ve had in your organizations and involvement, classes, volunteering, and employment to build your resume.

Employer Reviewing a Resume

Six Elements to Consider for Your Resume:

The first thing on your resume is your name and contact information. Be sure to have a current address and a professional email address. If you list your cell phone number, be sure to have a professional voicemail.
When describing your education, you’ll want to put your most recent and highest degree first. Your high school information should be removed from your resume after your first year at UF. Be sure to fully write out the name of your degree (ex: Bachelor of Arts vs. B.A.) and to include any minors or certifications. You can also list out any relevant coursework under your education section. Include your expected graduation date as well as the geographic location of each school.
As a student, you develop a unique set of skills specific to your industry in the classroom. To showcase these skills, you can create a “Relevant Coursework” section that details the projects you completed and the skills you’ve developed. This section is optional; you may choose to list out your relevant courses under your Education section.
Experience is a broad term that refers to your employment, involvement on or off campus, volunteering, and more. You may choose to create a general “Experience” section, or create functional resume headings that more specifically label your experience. Some functional labels might be “Related Experience,” “Leadership and Involvement,” or “Additional Experience.” You’ll want to provide bullets with descriptions and details so an employer can see the skills you bring to the workplace. Be specific about the results and impact of your work, and quantify your experiences in numbers or percentages whenever possible.
Depending on your industry, you may want to create a section for your specific skills and/or certifications. These should be specific, concrete skills such as coding or software knowledge, technical skills, foreign languages, or other certifications. Generally, you can list these skill sets without further description.
You’ve worked hard for the awards you’ve won, so show them off! You can generally list out awards with the dates you received them.

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