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- Focus on education. Emphasize your academic history. Along with the name of your school and degree, include any achievements, such as a high GPA or any academic awards. If you have taken courses related to the job you’re applying for, list those as well.
- Include relevant jobs. Think about the skills and experiences required of the job you want. Include any jobs where you developed these qualities. Even if your work experiences aren’t directly related, think of ways to highlight experiences you had that are relevant to the job you want. For example, you might include a former job as a cashier if it helped you develop customer service or leadership skills.
- Use action verbs. Action verbs help show your responsibility. When describing your achievements, use action words. Words like led, researched, and created to portray your experiences in an energetic way.
- Include extracurricular activities. Because you likely have limited work experience, emphasize any non-work activities. These might include clubs, sports, babysitting, volunteer work, or community service. All of these activities can show your skills and abilities
- Include leadership experience. Have you held a position in a club, or been a captain on a sports team? Have you had any leadership responsibilities at your previous jobs? Be sure to list these experiences, as they show your ability to lead a team.
- Quantify when possible. Whenever possible, include numbers to show your achievements. For example, you might say that you worked the cash register at a store that managed $10,000 daily, or that you helped 50 – 100 customers daily at your retail job.
- Edit, edit, edit. Have as many eyes as you possible can look at your resume. Mistakes will cause your resume and application to be thrown out.
Check out sample resumes for different majors from CSB/SJU Career Services here.
What is Business Casual look like?
busi·ness ca·su·al: relating to or denoting a style of clothing that is less formal than traditional business wear, but is still intended to give a professional and businesslike impression.