Résumé Guidelines

When creating your résumé it is important to think like a salesman. Think of yourself as the product and think of the person (albeit a university, a potential employer or any other person) as a customer. The résumé lays out why this product (yourself) distinguishes itself from other products and why the customer will be inclined to acquire the product. This simple analogy will help you construct your résumé. Remember that what you write is your presentation card, it is the only recollection and data that the reader will have about you, so you must pinpoint your strengths and aligned them with what is required of the position you are looking for.

There isn’t a clear cut way to do a résumé, there are a diversity of styles but most of them have a heading (your basic information), experience (professional or in case of a student any research experience they may have) and education.

Parting from the example illustrated bellow you may create a résumé with the following sections:

  • Education – If you are in search for an internship, an educational opportunity or if you are in search of an entry-level job you start with your education. If you graduated from high school and are currently enrolled, were enrolled at one time or graduated from a university you shouldn’t include your high school education since it is already implied, with your university background that you graduated from high school. In this section you include the dates you attended the institution, your major, your department and finally the name of the institution (if you haven’t graduated you may want to put in what year you are).
      • If you are going for an internship, a fellowship or any other university related event, you may want to add a section of courses you have taken related to what you are applying to. You may call this section “Courses completed in…”
      • In line with the previous section, you may include the courses you are currently taking related to the field. You may call this section “Courses in Progress”.
      • After this section you should add the number of credits you have earned as well as your GPA.
  • Awards – In this section you add any awards you may have received.
  • Research Experience – In this section you will detail any and all research experience you may have along with the date, the title of the research, the research mentors and the place where the research was conducted.
      • Alongside your research experience you should add any research presentation you had. It should include date, title, and where the presentation was held.
  • Conferences – This section should be dedicated to explaining all the conferences and workshops you attended. This section should include date, title of the conference, the name of the presenter and where the conference was held.
  • Workshop – This is a similar section to the conferences section but include all the workshops you have attended.
  • Miscellaneous sections – This sections vary from person to person, but remember the salesman concept, you have to “sell” all the different aspects that make you who you are. The sections you may add are:
      • Volunteer Work
      • Extracurricular Activities
      • Language Skills
      • Computer Skills
      • Hobbies
  • References – In this section add two to three references, these references should be from professors, mentors or anybody directly involved in your academic or professional career. Be sure to inform the people you add to this section, so it is not an unexpected event when they call them for references about you.
      • In case the reference is from the university you should add Name, Title, Department, University or Institution, Telephone Number and E-Mail if available.
  • Do not include:
      • Gender
      • Birth Date
      • High School Information (If you are currently in college or have graduated).
      • Hobbies – Talking on the phone, shopping and other related activities are not considered hobbies.

Very important is to remember to be honest in your résumé; integrity should never be negotiable. Be clear, use simple language, and do not make it too long or too short. And remember your résumé is your presentation card so it should be as close to perfect (grammatically and structurally) as it can be. Finally, implement your unique touch to your résumé, use this only as a guideline.

**SAMPLE Résumé**

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