Resume Tips

A resume is an important tool in a job search as it is often your first introduction to a hiring manager. It is used to:

  • Give the hiring manager enough information to consider you for an interview.
  • Supplement the information included in your online profile.
  • Focus attention on your skills and experiences.
  • Demonstrate your written communication skills.

Developing your resume

Take the time to develop a resume that will best highlight your skills and experiences.

Make a list of your present and past experiences, accomplishments and skills.

Select from this list the information that will be pertinent for your resume and the job for which you are applying.

Elaborate on your list by writing a short, concise description of each experience, accomplishment or skill. Begin each phrase with an action verb.

Organize your resume in an effective format by placing the most critical information first.

Resume features

Contact information: name, address, phone number, and email address.

Education: school name, location, degree, graduation date, grade point average (GPA), honors.

Work experience: company name, location, position title, dates (list work experience in reverse chronological order - that is, most recent jobs first), duties/accomplishments (use action verbs and list transferable skills).

Professional certifications, memberships, licenses

Skills: technical skills, computer skills, languages

References: You may attach a list of references or state that they are available upon request.


Below are some additional tips to help enhance and create a professional resume.

  • Exclude personal data (age, religion, personal photographs, and family status).
  • You may wish to include a career objective or summary of qualifications near the top of your resume. This may be appropriate if you are applying for a number of similar jobs rather than a specific position.
  • Avoid using abbreviations and acronyms unless you know the reader is familiar with them.
  • Have others proofread your resume for correct spelling and grammar.

Example Resumes

The following example resumes may help you develop or format your resume before submitting it when applying for a job at Mayo Clinic.