Resumes

What is a resume? Why have one? 

A resume is a summary of your skills, education, and experience that is aimed to convince an employer to invite you for an interview. 

Click the buttons below to view our quick-access resources!

 

resume-checklist             resumesample            resume-guide


How to get your resume reviewed:

  1. If you need help getting started, review the resources above on resume writing - the Checklist is what we will use to give you feedback.
  2. Submit your document to this form. We will review it and provide written feedback within 48 hours. Please do not make an appointment until after you've received your written feedback.
  3. If you have any questions or clarifications, feel free to email CC_Coach@ucsc.edu or attend Ask a Peer hours for quick questions.
  4. Once you've received feedback, update your resume.
  5. Follow the provided next steps to either make an appointment to review your final draft on Handshake, or resubmit for additional written feedback.

Step-by-Step Resume Writing  

1.) Review the job description 

Identify the required and desired skills and qualifications. Look for keywords. Consider using similar or same wording in your resume if you feel they apply.

2.) Create a list of accomplishments 

List your education, jobs, volunteer and leadership positions, relevant coursework, and notable projects. What did you enjoy doing or are proud of?

3.) Identify your relevant skills 

Emphasize skills that you've gained that can be used in the position that you are applying for. 

4.) Write descriptive action phrases 

What you say is important, but how you say it can make all the difference. You have transferable skills* to offer potential employers, whether you are applying to your first job or fifth.

  • Always begin your bullet points with action verbs! 
  • Arrange the descriptive phrases in order of relevance to the position you are seeking. 
  • Avoid using "I" statements and articles ("the" or "a").

* Transferable skills are skills you have developed in multiple settings that enable you to do your job well across industries. You develop these skills in the classroom, through school projects, on jobs and internships, and through hobbies and extracurriculars.

  


Examples of commonly used action phrases (varying in quality):

Mediocre Description: Filed papers.

Good Description: Filed papers and prepared sensitive documents.

Best Description: Accurately maintained files and efficiently prepared and processed sensitive documents for management team.

 

Mediocre Description: Constructed website.

Good Description: Constructed website using streaming media and graphics.

Best Description: Integrated engaging graphics and streaming media to construct company website, resulting in a 45% increase in hits in the first six months.

 

 


Submitting Your Resume 

Employers tend to require online submissions. Unless otherwise instructed, always save and submit your resume in PDF format. Include your name and position title in the file name when saving. 

Example file names: Sammy Slug-Resume, Resume_SammySlug