How to Write a Resume

1) Writing a Resume for Your Internship:

Before trying to find an internship, students should have created a resume that summarizes their skills and previous employment history. A resume is the first introduction of the potential intern to the organization, thus, it should be polished and professional.

If you are at a complete loss on how to develop a resume, you have two choices:

A) Career Development Center - On the SIUE campus, the CDC exists specifically to help students find internships and jobs. They provide training on how to interview and write resumes. The services of the CDC are absolutely free and are available to any students interested in internships and jobs. We urge you to take advantage of this wonderful resource. The CDC is located in Founders Hall (Building II) on the third floor in Room 3126.

B) Consider the following hints

1) The format of the resume should look something like: Personal Data, Professional Objective, Professional and Computer Skills, Education, Work History, and References (optional).

2) Under the section on “Education” be sure to state that you are presently enrolled in the Employment Relations program at SIUE. You should also mention either (1) relevant courses (titles and numbers) related to employment relations (for instance, Sociology 338, 433, 304, 308, 312 and Psych 320, 374); and/or (2) the skills you have gained from these courses (for instance, diversity awareness, group-problem solving skills, analytical thinking, writing skills, research and statistical skills).

3) Under the “Professional and Computer Skills” sections, do not forget to list the skills you have developed while enrolled at school (for instance, see above). Also, make sure to mention your computer skills (for example. Knowledge of WordPerfect, Word, Quattro-pro, PowerPoint, etc).

4) The norm is to keep resumes at one page in length. Employers get discouraged at having to read longer resumes and may not even glance at them. So, the object of your resume is to be as succinct and appealing as possible in one page.

5) The font (both the size and appearance) should be easily readable. Be careful not to make the size of the letters too small. Even if you squeeze more information on the resume, employers will not hesitate to disregard a resume for which they have to squint to read. Also, choose a font that is simple and plain. Nothing cute or stark or floral. Keep it simple, yet elegant.

6) The type of paper you choose for your resume should be heavier than most typing paper. The heavier paper makes it less likely the resume is accidentally misplaced under other papers and makes it easier to read.

2) Writing a Resume for a Job:

It is important to include the internship experience on your resume for a job. Employers are impressed at students who have taken the initiative to acquire marketable skills outside of school. So, make sure to mention your internship experience either under a separate heading called “Internship Experience” or under the “Work Experience” heading. We suggest you create a separate heading for the internship because it is that experience which will separate you from other job candidates. After you list where you completed your internship and the position you held, don’t forget to describe the skills you acquired on site! If you developed a pamphlet, put together a grant, wrote speeches, counseled clients, etc --- make sure you make your potential employers aware of how much you accomplished in your internship.