Make Your Fact Sheet
Resumes are an early step in any hiring process. Begin by creating a master resume to track your education, experience, and skills. When applying for a position with a specific employer, tailor the resume to your relevant qualifications.
Use this page to learn all about resumes.
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Beating the Resume Robots
For the majority of applications in modern-day hiring practices, your resume will be stored and potentially scanned by Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). These systems are quite complex but have unique characteristics that are worth educating yourself about before submitting a resume to an employer.
To optimize your resume for these potential resume robots, learn about analyzing job descriptions and ATS in our tips to Search Online for jobs.
Getting Your Resume Reviewed
Once you are satisfied with the draft of your resume, it is time to get feedback from others. Depending on your level of comfort, it can be helpful to begin by gathering feedback from a few trusted friends, family members, or connections in your immediate network. You may find that different people offer very different pieces of advice about resumes, but look for common points and core principles that seem to stand out to others, and always ask for specifics about the rationale for their feedback.
For a professional opinion from Career Services, we highly encourage you to utilize our Document Review service to upload your resume and receive quick feedback featuring a detailed report to move forward. Click the button below to get started.
Submitting Your Resume
When your resume is ready for its final submission, there are a few remaining steps:
- Submit your resume in PDF format (unless requested otherwise), which ensures that your document's formatting appears the same on all devices. Each PDF file should be clearly named (e.g., “Watson – Resume”).
- If you are sending your resume via email, write a short message in the body of your email, similar to a short cover letter. Then, refer the reader to your attached document(s) (i.e., your resume and cover letter).
- If you are uploading your resume via an online portal, follow the instructions very carefully. Sometimes, you may be asked to submit your application materials using multiple platforms or external methods.
Once you have mastered resumes, it is time to begin working on Cover Letters. We generally encourage you to submit a cover letter alongside any resume, so strategize accordingly before you submit your final application materials.