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Making a Good First Impression: Resumé Writing for College Students: Creating Your Resumé

This guide contains useful information to help you create professional resumés.

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Creating Your Resumé

Now that you know the purpose of a resumé, you might be wondering what information to include on one. No matter what type of job you apply for, employers usually get a stack of resumés to check out when they’re looking to hire help. The following tips will make your resumé stand out from others in the stack and make it more likely you’ll get called for an interview.

Use keywords.

Tailor your resumé for the job you’re trying to get.

  • Read the job description.

  • Use keywords to get employers’ attention.

  • Put the most important information first.

Stay organized and relevant.

Make it easy to read.

  • Be organized.

  • Be clear and concise.

  • Be relevant.

Highlight core competencies.

Advertise your core competencies and skills.

  • Focus on specific attributes.

  • Explain how these attributes help you stay productive.

  • Highlight these core competencies that employers look for in applicants:

    • Accountability

    • Ambition

    • Communication

    • Conflict resolution

    • Decisiveness

    • Delegation

    • Flexibility

    • Initiative

    • Stress management

    • Teamwork

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