Resume Writing Guide
Your resume is a marketing document that should outline the ways in which you
meet job qualifications. You can do this by relating your education, previous
experiences, and measurable accomplishments to the position at hand.
1 page; font size between 10-12; name
between 12-18; use clear front
SECTIONS TO INCLUDE
Include relevant experiences
Header: Include your name, phone number, email address, and address (typically only the
Lead points with strong action verbs
city, state and zip code). Consider including your online portfolio with samples of work or
projects and your LinkedIn profile website.
Avoid first person pronouns (I, we, my)
Education: List the university from which you've earned, or are earning, the degree, and
Describe experiences emphasizing
field of study within your education section. Additional information such as your GPA,
accomplishments, skills and projects
certificates (example: Business Foundations Certificate) or study abroad experience can be
listed within this section.
Be consistent. Be concise. Proofread.
Experience: Include internships, jobs, volunteer experience and temporary positions within
Experiences should be listed in reverse
this section. When describing your experience, focus on your measurable accomplishments,
skills gained and projects rather than providing a general job description.
List references on a separate page
Academic Projects (optional): Projects such as advertising campaigns, media plans, short
films, research, and other projects completed in your courses can be highlighted in this
Double check that dates, hyphens, and
section. Only include academic projects that are relevant to the position on your resume.
formatting are consistent throughout
Honors and Awards (optional): Dean’s List (include each semester received), scholarships,
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academic awards and other similar information can be showcased in this section.
submitting it in an application
Leadership and Community Involvement (optional): Experiences such as volunteer
activities, community service, involvement with student organizations, and similar leadership
roles can be added in this section.
Skills (optional): Include technical, research, language and industry-specific skills.
Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher; Adobe
Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Premiere, Flash, After
Effects; Final Cut Pro; Movie Magic Scheduling & Budgeting;
HTML; AVID; Audacity; iMovie; DV Express
Script Coverage, Script Linking, Location Scouting, Casting, DV
Camera Operator, Boom Operator
Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Training, Administration, Event
Proficient Spanish, Intermediate Japanese, Basic French, Basic
American Sign Language
AP Style, Features, Copy-Editing, News Releases, Fact Sheets, Media
Alerts, Print Style, briefs, PSAs, Client Profiles, Biographies
Mintel, SRDS, SPSS, SAS, LexisNexis, Claritas, Media Map, Ed Cals
Google Adwords, Yahoo! Sponsored Search, Microsoft adCenter, Atlas
Media Console, Bluestreak ION Ad Manager, @plan, AdRelevance,
iNEWS, EZNews, NewsKing, Interviewing and Reporting
Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Hootsuite, Wordpress,
Social Mention, Blogger, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, Vimeo
Career Advisors are available to meet with you to review your resume and other job
application materials. Make an appointment with CCS by logging into STAR or by
calling our office at 512-471-9421. Visit our website for walk-in hours,