Career Services

Resume Standards

General
  • Make sure you meet all the following guidelines before submitting your resume for approval on SoIC Careers.
  • Review sample resumes developed specifically for School of Informatics and Computing students.
  • If you have questions or need help with your resume, meet with a career services advisor for a personal resume review.
The Basics
  • Do not include personal information (pictures, date of birth, ethnicity, etc.) unless specifically and ethically asked by an appropriate employer.
  • Have someone else proofread your resume to make sure there are no misspellings or grammatical errors.
  • Avoid personal pronouns (my, me, I).
  • Use consistent fonts, spacing, and formatting.
  • One page is enough, unless you have extensive full-time work experience—but make sure the second page is full.
  • Avoid use of abbreviations, slang, or jargon not commonly known in the field.
  • Too much white space is a bad thing, but leave enough for an employer to jot down notes.
Section by Section
Contact Information
  • Include your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.
  • Include your URL only if the site reflects your professional work.
Objective
  • Objectives are not always needed.
  • Use one or two succinct phrases to expresses your employment goal.
  • If you need sponsorship for an H-1B visa you may also include that here.
  • Do not state what you want to learn, but what skills you can contribute.
  • Your objective must be specific:
    • “To gain experience in the field of Informatics” is too general.
    • “Seeking a full‐time position in a technology‐focused business environment” is better.
    • “Seeking a full‐time web‐developer position utilizing proven skills with HTML, JavaScript, database implementation, and content development” is ideal.
  • Tailor your objective to each employer and every job you seek.
Education
  • If you have more than one degree, list most recent education information first.
  • Include school name, city, state, date of graduation, degree, major, cognate, minor, and GPA.
  • Include your cumulative GPA if it is above 3.0, and your major GPA if it is higher than your cumulative.
  • Do not include your high school.
  • If you had a capstone project, describe it in a few short phrases.
  • Titles and descriptions of relevant course work can be listed here or in a separate section, if you want to highlight a particular area of expertise.
Experience
  • Work experience must be listed in reverse chronological order, starting with the most recent.
  • Include the position title, company/organization name, location (city, state), dates of employment, and bullet points that describe your duties
  • Do not include: reason for leaving, salary history, exaggerations, names or phone numbers of supervisors, things you plan to do in the future
  • Each bullet in your job description should include a skill, a duty, and an accomplishment
    • Skill is an action verb, i.e., “Developed”
    • Duty is a responsibility, i.e., “Developed Company A’s first Web site using Java and HTML.”
    • Accomplishment is the result of your action, i.e., “Developed Company A’s first Web site using Java and HTML and generated 10,000 weekly hits from potential customers.”
  • If all your experience is technology-related or related to this specific job, title the section “Relevant Experience.”
Technical Skills

You may want to separate your skills into categories, with the category that relates best to the job you’re applying for at the top of the list and the individual skills in order of importance to the position.

Example:
Languages: Java, Visual Basic, Scheme, C/C++
Platforms: UNIX, Microsoft Windows, Mac‐OS, and DOS
Databases: Structured Query Language, MS Access, FoxPro, Oracle
Web development: Front page, Java Script, Cold Fusion, HTML, XML
Miscellaneous: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, PageMaker, QuarkXPress

References

Do not include names of your references on your resume (or even the phrase “References available upon request”). Submit them on a separate sheet if they are requested by the employer.

Additional Sections (as necessary):
  • Relevant Projects
  • Volunteer/Clubs/Organizations
  • Activities/Interests
  • Honors/Awards
  • Relevant Coursework
  • Publications
  • Presentations
  • Professional Memberships/Conferences
Reviewing

Ask yourself:

  • Are your most important relevant technical and non‐technical skills being portrayed?
  • Are your most relevant experiences inside and outside the classroom being displayed?
  • To the best of your ability and knowledge, does your resume relate to the type of jobs/internships for which you wish to apply?
  • The average employer will spend 12 seconds looking at your resume—so make it clear and concise.