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UIC Student Employment Office
Student Services Building,
Suite 2100
1200 West Harrison Street
(M/C 335)
Chicago, Illinois 60607-3344
Phone: (312) 996-3130
Fax: (312) 413-7944


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Resume Tips

A resume is a door opener to an interview. It is a formal document describing your qualifications. It serves as a tool to market your experience and skills. It should be concise and to the point — it is not an autobiography. It is a well organized summary of experiences and skills most relevant and significant to the potential employer.

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The following are helpful tips for an effective resume:

  • Gather all important information related to your education and work experience, whether paid or volunteer.
  • Using the worksheet, prepare a rough draft. Use the Resume Worksheet to help you begin.
  • Use spell check, but also proofread your work and have someone else proofread it for you as well.
  • Use proper verb tenses.
  • Present tense refers to current activities, past tense refers to past activities.
  • Use action verbs to begin your bullet points that describe on the job tasks.
  • Be honest and accurate.
  • Limit your resume to one page. It is best to keep your resume down to one page unless you have more than 10 years of experience or have published work.
  • Print your resume on quality paper.
  • Type cover letters on matching paper and use matching business sized envelopes. When faxing a resume it is fine to use regular typing paper.
  • Always send your resume with a personalized, well-written cover letter.
  • You should have different resumes for jobs with different objectives and job requirements.
  • Chronological format is the most frequently used by applicants who have had job experience. The work experience is shown in reverse chronological order, the last or present job being listed first. Various positions held at one company should also be described in reverse chronological order. This shows growth and development; characteristics of great interest to employers.

The elements of the chronological resume should include all/or part of the following:

GENERAL GUIDELINES REGARDING CAPITALIZATION, DATES, ETC. Please note the following rules when writing your resume: spell out names of foreign countries, months, and addresses. For example: March, not Mar.; Street, not St.; Avenue, not Ave.; Road, not Rd. Spell out company and corporation, not co. nor corp. Abbreviate all states for the locations of your employer and schools: IL, not Illinois. Months can also be numerical: i.e. March 2016 can be listed as 3/2016. If still employed say: 3/2016–Present.

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