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Resume Writing. Agenda. What is a Resume? Format Tips Recommended Sections A Note on Cover Letters. What is a Resume ?. Concise marketing tool Summary of education, skills, experience, honors, activities Has one specific purpose: to get you an interview Be honest. Format.

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  • What is a Resume?
  • Format Tips
  • Recommended Sections
  • A Note on Cover Letters
what is a resume
What is a Resume ?
  • Concise marketing tool
  • Summary of education, skills, experience, honors, activities
  • Has one specific purpose: to get you an interview
  • Be honest
  • Co-op Handbook (Chapter 3)
  • The 10 second scan
  • Should be neat, clean and attractive
  • Paper of good quality
  • One page unless you have considerable experience
  • Use normal typeface
  • Font size
  • End punctuation not required
  • Avoid too much special formatting
  • Do not use graphics
  • Write in consistent style
  • Use bullets rather than paragraphs
  • Use approximately 1 inch margins
  • Make sure resume is visually appealing
    • Avoid excess white space
    • Incorporate white space between sections to facilitate skimming
  • Spell check
  • Proofread
  • Get friend, family, professor and/or career services to critique
  • Co-op advisor must review resume before applying for jobs on P2D2
  • Update each semester
  • DO NOT Include:
    • Your Picture
    • Age, Race, Religion, Marital Status
  • DO Include:
    • High School Info
    • Hobbies and Leisure Activities
      • If they demonstrate leadership, civic responsibility, etc.
    • Citizenship Status
      • If you have a foreign name and want to convey that you are a US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Chronological
    • Discussed in next slides
  • Functional
    • Good for individuals with diverse experiences that don't add up to a clear-cut career path or for new grads with limited experience
    • Use Skills Clusters
    • For example:


      • Selected as president-elect of Omicron Delta Kappa honorary and vice president of Phi Eta Sigma honorary
      • Acquainted new students with campus as orientation leader
      • Served as president of residence hall on Residence Hall Council
      • Functioned as vice president for intellectual development and assistant recruitment chair for social sorority
  • Combination
recommended resume sections
Recommended Resume Sections
  • Contact Info
  • Objective
  • Education
  • Skills
  • Experience
  • Honors and Activities
contact info
Contact Info
  • Place contact info at top
  • Avoid nicknames
  • Include local and permanent address
  • Make sure telephone number is correct including area code
    • Do NOT use a work number
    • Professional voicemail
  • Choose professional e-mail address
1 contact info example
1. Contact Info Example

George P. Burdell

Campus AddressPermanent Address

999999 Georgia Tech Station 1234 Peachtree Place

Atlanta, GA 30332 Macon, GA 30334

404-999-9999 770-123-1234

2 objective
2. Objective

“To obtain a co-op position related to mechanical engineering for spring or summer 2007”

  • Tells employer type of position you’re seeking
  • On a co-op resume, it’s not necessary to be specific unless:
    • Wish to target specific industry (automation, automotive, manufacturing, etc.)
    • Wish to do specific type of work (design, coding, testing, etc.)
  • Avoid long, uninformative objectives:
    • To utilize my education and experience in a creative setting to positively affect the bottom line of the company.
  • Recent education before experience
  • Reverse chronological order
  • Include expected graduation date
  • Overall GPA
    • Possibly major GPA
  • Academic honors
3 education example
3. Education Example


Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 9/2005-present

  • Candidate for Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering (May 2010)
  • Overall GPA, 3.13/4.0
  • President’s Scholar: Georgia Tech’s foremost merit-based scholarship, awarded to approximately 3% of entering freshmen each year

Northwest Area High School, Macon, GA 9/2001-5/2005

  • Overall GPA, 3.6/4.0
  • National Honor Society
  • Accelerated Learning Program
  • Software, Programming Languages
    • “familiar with”, “experience with”, “proficient in”, “knowledge of”
  • Foreign Languages
    • “Fluent”, “Conversational”, “Ability to speak and write” or list # years of study
  • Hardware and Technical Skills
    • Soldering, Lab Equipment, Power Supplies, Circuits
  • Certifications
  • *Soft Skills
    • Leadership, Communication, Organization, Team-Building
    • Best to demonstrate concretely in Experience and Honors & Activities sections
4 skills example
4. Skills Example


  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Experience with Java, C++ and MATLAB
  • Ability to speak and write Spanish (4 years of study)
  • Experience with HTML and web design
  • Knowledge of hardware/software installation and maintenance
  • Experience with engine repair and network design
  • Ability to learn new material quickly with little supervision
  • Include all experience:
    • Non-technical experience is relevant because it shows responsibility and people skills
    • Include internships, volunteer experiences, community service, summer jobs
  • Start each bullet with an action word
    • Coordinated, created, designed, organized, etc.
  • Do not use pronoun “I”. It is understood you are the subject of the sentence.
  • Reverse chronological order
  • Focus on accomplishments
  • Be specific
  • Use numbers and statistics:
    • “Increased sales 17%”, “Raised productivity by 23%”
  • Use industry jargon
    • Read trade magazines, join professional organizations
  • Highlight soft skills
    • Communication skills, team work
5 experience example
5. Experience Example


Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA

Teaching Assistant 9/2005-present

  • Teach two-hour lab on fluid mechanics to thirty students
  • Hold weekly office hours and grade lab reports

Southern Landscaping Company Norfolk, VA

Landscaper Summer 2004

  • Performed routine lawn maintenance for approximately ten residential customers per week
  • Planted new shrubbery and flowers at various commercial sites including nursing homes, elementary schools and community centers
  • Received ‘Landscaper of the Summer’ Award

DJ Dynamite Hampton, VA

DJ and Owner 1/2002-5/2004

  • Conceived and created my own DJ business which had over 25% repeat clientele
  • Provided DJ services at over one hundred weddings, bar mitzvahs, and parties
honors and activities
Honors and Activities
  • Clubs and Sports
    • List office and leadership roles (captain, committee chair, president, secretary, founder)
  • Volunteer Work
  • Hobbies including music, writing, etc.
  • Awards or Scholarships
  • Memberships in professional organizations (IEEE, SWE, NSBE, ASME)
    • Spell out acronyms
6 honors and activities example
6. Honors and Activities Example

Honors and Activities

  • Member of Georgia Tech Crew Team (2005-present)
  • Secretary of Mechanical Engineering Student Faculty Committee (2005-present)
  • Habitat for Humanity Volunteer (Spring 2006)
  • High School Student Council Member (2001-2003), Vice President (2004)
  • Guitar Lessons (2002-2004)
  • Editor of The Gazette, High School Newspaper (2004)
  • Church Mission Trip to El Salvador (2002)
  • Tai Kwando, Earned rank of Brown Belt (2000-2002)
a note on cover letters
A Note On Cover Letters
  • Cover Letter Uses:
    • Explain why you’re interested in particular company/position
    • Tells employer how you’re qualified for that position
    • Highlights aspects of your experience
    • Can explain things that resume can't
    • Acts as window into your personality
  • Samples in Co-op Handbook and on the internet
dopp contact info
DoPP Contact Info

Located in Savant Building

631 Cherry Street, 1st Floor

Corner of Cherry St. & Ferst Dr. near Tech Tower