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resumes a guide to standing out

Resumes: A Guide to Standing Out

Fellowships & Scholarship Workshop

Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships

introduction what is a resume
Introduction: What is a resume?

A resume is

  • a summary of your professional and personal experiences (ie. education, field experiences, employment, skills, and interests)
  • designed to introduce you to potential employers (scholarship committees).
  • often the first impression of you!

Resumes should be targeted to the reader. A single “catch-all” resume is much less effective than several well-focused resumes which highlight pertinent elements of your experiences.

The purpose of the resume is to obtain an interview or interest the reader in getting to know you further.

how to prepare a resume
How to Prepare a Resume:
  • Review your educational and professional history
  • Make a list of all jobs held, schools attended, clubs joined, honors received, skills acquired, duties performed, and any other appropriate additional information.
  • These lists will help you form the content of your resume and help you identify your skills and accomplishments.
  • Think about what skills you want to emphasize to your reader.
the formula for a solid resume
The Formula for a Solid Resume
  • Strong ACTIONS=RESULTS content
  • One page
  • Professional Layout
  • Easy to read
  • Quantify skills and actions

Refer to your Action Verbs List!

components of a resume
Components of a Resume
  • Name, Address, Phone number
  • Education
  • Professional Experience

If they apply to you:

  • Additional Experience
  • Honors/Awards
  • Publications and Presentations
  • Relevant Coursework
  • Community Activities
  • Related Training
  • Computer Skills
  • Language Skills

Refer to your Sample Resume Handout!

10 common resume errors
10 Common Resume Errors
  • Spelling Mistakes
  • Listing Personal Statistics
  • Never say “I”
  • Job titles with no Meaning
  • Exaggerating/Stretching the Truth
  • Being general
  • ‘Cutesy’ Format can sink your ship
  • Not listing your phone number
  • Not having professional voice mail or answering machine
  • Neglecting to Format, Format, Format!
  • Negatives Don’t Sell
important tips
Important Tips
  • Have someone proof your resume
  • Send your resume to Jane Morris ( or Hanna Lee ( via e-mail for feedback
  • Back it up on a flashdrive and save all versions
  • Pick a style that feels right for you-stick with it
  • E-mail your resume as a pdf!
  • Take risks, set high goals, know your value



-Reggie Leach