Resume Guide


Your Name
Your Address
Your Phone Number
Your E-Mai

Objective                     If you decide that you wish to include an objective on your resume, make sure that it is specific and well
stated.  Avoid vague and ambiguous statements.  Your objective can be stated in your cover letter instead of your resume.  You may also choose to have an additional resume with a different objective.

Education                     In this section you will want to include information about the institutions you have attended, degree
received, and your majors and minors.  Optional information for this section can include your GPA,  honors and awards including Dean's List and study abroad information.  A typical format for a Geneseo student might look like this:

                                       State University of New York College at Geneseo  
                                       Bachelor of Arts, Communication, May 20xx                     

                                       Overall GPA: 3.2/4.0 Dean's List:  Spring 20xx

Experience                   Your Experience sections can take on many different formats.  You might have a separate section for Related Experience if you have had some experience in the career field that you wish to enter.  Other Experience sections might be called Work Experience, Internship Experience, Volunteer Experience, Leadership Experience, etc.  Keep in mind that you may have an Experience section with only one item in it.  This is a good tactic if you want to draw particular attention to what you feel is a very important aspect of your resume.  It is more important to categorize your experiences based on relatedness of the skills you used or learned rather than whether or not you were paid, received credit for the experience, or if it took place during the school year or the summer.  Therefore, a Related Experience section might include a summer job, a credit-bearing internship and a research project that you did for class.  A typical entry in an Experience section might look like this:

                                      Public Relations Intern                               SUNY Geneseo Career Services
                                      Fall 20xx                                                         Geneseo, NY

                                    •Developed marketing pieces including flyers, e-mails and ads for programs

                                    •Wrote press releases for campus distribution and publications for Career Services

                                    •Participated in professional planning meetings for the office

Activities                    Should include clubs and organizations that you have been a member of, volunteer activities that you
have participated in and leadership positions that you have held not stated elsewhere on the resume.

Skills                           Computer Skills:  Should include information on systems, software, hardware and languages that you have used.

Foreign Language Skills:  Written or verbal ability in any foreign language.

Research Skills:  Familiarity with tools and equipment of research and interpretation.

You may wish to separate each Skills section or combine into one depending on the focus and length of your resume.

References                  Can be simply stated as "Available Upon Request".