1. Proof-read your resume with exacting care.
2. Make sure your format is neat, scannable and professional (see our samples)
3. Use action verbs and keep your sentences short with correct punctuation. Avoid weakening verbs like assisted with, responsibilities included:
4. Make sure that your resume contains key words that pertain to the precise position for which you're applying. Many employment departments scan and toss resumes before a human being reads them.
5. Emphasize accomplishments not just duties. Use: metrics, numbers of people supervised, and dollar amounts attained, hours committed to sport etc.
6. List college experiences that show leadership or experience (arts, athletics, organizations, government.)
7. Ensure that the tenses of sentences should also be accurate (i.e., descriptions of previous jobs in past tense and current details in present tense).
8. Place relevant Information up higher on resume.
9. Organize your resume using sections that make sense for your experience.
10. Have your resume reviewed by someone at the Career Center or Amy Donegan. The Career Center has critiques by appointment by calling 617-552-3430, or use drop in hours daily from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Amy has drop in hours Monday through Thursday from 1:00-3:00 pm in Fulton 360.
1. Omit dates and locations of education or work experience.
2. Provide a list of references. Your future employer may ask for them later.
3. Cite your salary expectations unless specifically asked
4. Go over two pages.
5. Use BC specific jargon without explaining it. i.e. UGBC, Pulse,
6. Lie or use misleading information
7. Use an objective that is not clear. If you don’t have an objective leave it out.
Common Sections/Headings for College Students
Education: Boston College, Carroll School of Management, Bachelor of Science in Management expected May 20XX. Concentration(s), include major, GPA (if it’s important or very good), major GPA (if higher), honors, relevant coursework, if you are financing your own education.
Name of institution where you studied abroad, can include high School if you are freshman or sophomore, list significant high school experiences in this section if you want to mention something about h.s. that was exceptional. By junior year high school information should be omitted in most cases.
- Experience (a good catchall because it can include paid, unpaid, internship, volunteer, etc.)
- Related experience
- Interests: be specific not generic, it will help you stand out.
- Skills: languages if you can speak them, never exaggerate your abilities, typical description would be fluent, proficient, advanced, conversant. (Two years of h.s. French isn’t worth mentioning)
- Computer skills, computer programs, specialty software, programming languages, statistical software.
Here are seven examples of resumes from recent Carroll School graduates. Take a look at the format and structure as well as the wide range of activities and experiences that the students were involved in while at Boston College. Please remember to simply use these examples as a guide.