Putting together a great resume

A resume is one of most important — if not the most important — document during a job search. A potential employer needs it to see what you’ve done and what you’re capable of doing. Coupled with a cover letter, a resume is an introduction to you and your work experience.

Here are a few tips, courtesy of the James W. Stuckert Career Center’s website, for making an easy-to-read resume to send with a job application or present at a career fair.

—    Slim your resume down to one page. Emphasize your most recent experiences related to the job you’re applying for, and list only relevant skills.

—    Be clear and accurate when describing your experience in a past job. If the job title doesn’t tell what you did, include a brief description of your responsibilities and skills learned. Use action verbs when describing these responsibilities.

—    List your education, including colleges you have attended, your GPA if it’s 3.0 or higher and any academic honors or scholarships. Include an objective that clearly states the position you’re applying for. Include any skills, extracurricular activities, volunteer experience and relevant hobbies.

—    Make it readable and if you do an unconventional design, don’t make it too busy or cluttered. Employers and interviewers look over resumes quickly and might have trouble finding the important information if there are lots of lines, multiple columns or small print. White space, bolding and bullets can make a resume look clean and legible.

—    Proofread your resume. And have someone else proofread it, too. A mistake or typo can make a bad first impression on an interviewer.

It might be necessary to make different resumes for different positions. Have multiple copies on hand when attending a career fair or interview.