Résumé Insights and Tips

A great résumé can help you create a good first impression and secure an interview. Explore these suggestions to build yours.

Know Your Audience

  • What does this employer care about in a potential employee?
  • Which experiences are going to highlight my most important qualifications for this position?
  • What does this employer need to know about me?

Research the Company and Position

and understand the position qualifications. Based on what you learn, including the most relevant information.

  • Work/volunteer experiences
  • Related courses/projects
  • Extracurriculars on your résumé


Use relevant Content

When listing your qualifications be sure to use compelling language and show outcomes for each task. This strategy adds depth to your experience and shows your ability to critically think.

Action Verbs

Use action words, for a past position make sure to use the past tense, and for a current position, use the present tense.

Addressed | Budgeted | Collaborated | Conducted | Delegated | Directed | Facilitated | Improved | Initiated | Mastered | Prepared | Publicized | Resolved | Scheduled | Trained | Utilized | Wrote

The Formula

Responsibility, duty, and task = more context about the result and outcome.

Example. “Analyzed Data” translates to “Assisted professor with original research by analyzing data using Excel; data was later used to find correlations between CEO characteristics and ethical decision making”

Be sure to use words that it the profession you are seeking. An example would be if applying for a teaching position use words such as ‘curriculum’ and ‘taught.’


Make it Look Professional

An aesthetically pleasing résumé that is free of grammatical errors is essential in capturing the employer’s attention.