Creating a Professional Resume

A resume is a one to two page document that outlines your experience and education. Resumes may also include extra-curricular activities, volunteer activities and other information that is relevant to the position. A resume is a place for you to talk specifically about your experience and what you bring to the table. Be sure to stay consistent with formatting and double check for grammar and spelling errors.  

Personal Information

This section should include your name, address, phone number(s), e-mail address, and other information that may be required for the position you seek.

Education

List your most recent degree or expected degree first. Provide the name of the institution, the location of the institution, the degree, academic emphasis, and the date of graduation or expected graduation. You may wish to include your GPA, educational honors, minors, or other distinguishing characteristics in this section.

Work Experience

Just as with your educational information, begin with your most recent job first. List the name of your employer and provide job title and a description of your job related activities. Describe your position using active verbs that best describe the nature of the activities of your job, using either past or present tenses for previous or current job positions. You may want to list any accomplishments or projects that emphasize the aspects of your past jobs which may be appealing to a new employer.

Additional Information

This section is optional and can include a multitude of information, including awards and honors, hobbies, life experiences, and/or specific skills. Do not repeat aforementioned information. You could also include information on your typing proficiency, knowledge of computer programs, and foreign language proficiency.

References

References are optional on a resume; however, some positions may require a list of references as a separate document.  If you do choose to list them on your resume, remember to provide all the pertinent contact information – name, title, address, phone number(s), and email address.

Resources

LSU Career Services offers resources that can help you in the process. 

Resume Resource

Sample Resume