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Build Your Brand: Resumé

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Resumé

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The overall goal of a resumé is to get you an interview for the job you are seeking. Creating a resumé can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be.


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To start, make sure you are using the most effective format to convey your key skills and experience. Whether you’re creating your first professional resumé or updating it on an annual basis, these steps will help you create the best tool to market your relevant skills and unique strengths.

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1. Inventory Your Skills and Experiences

  • Take stock of your skills and strengths
  • Reflect on your experiences and draw out specific projects and roles
  • Examples of Roles and Skills/Responsibilities

    Intern at Amazon: Created marketing materials to support a new product launch; Managed client relationships 

    Peer Mentor: Coached and mentored 2-3 students a term; Connected students to resources

    Retail Associate: Delivered customer service; Reconciled cash daily requiring significant attention to detail

2. Research the Job Market and In-Demand Skills

  • Gather job descriptions – many helpful resources exist, such as indeed.com, nucareers.northeastern.edu, and those specific to your professional path
  • Identify and highlight the responsibilities, roles and skills in those job descriptions
  • Familiarize yourself with industry buzzwords and their meanings

3. Then, (and only then!) Begin Writing

Write your first draft, making sure that you:

  • Use the appropriate sections of a resumé (see below);
  • Outline and give examples of relevant experiences using the information gathered in step 2 above;
  • Craft effective bullet points - use action verbs and the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action Result)
  • Sections of a Resumé

    Your resumé should include the following sections:

    Personal Information: Name, Email, Phone Number, and LinkedIn address

    Education: Schools attended, Degrees earned, Leadership activities. Optional: selected courses, GPA if over 3.5 Grad/ 3.0 UG, Honors

    Experience: Include relevant professional experience, volunteer experience, and projects, typically listed with most recent experience at the top. Descriptions should be in bullet points, using the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action Result), and use active verbs.

    Optional sections include:
    Objective statement
    Skills or qualifications summary

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