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Building your Resume

What exactly is a resume?

It is your written snapshot! It provides a quick description of your experiences, skills, and unique qualities that you can offer to a future employer.

Many employers scan a resume between 2.5 and 10 seconds, so your resume should quickly capture the reader’s interest.

How can you get help with your resume?
Since your resume serves as your initial representative… it needs to make an impact. The writing needs to be clear and concise. Take advantage of the tips, guidelines, and the many resources provided by TCNJ’s Career Center.

What is its purpose?
Organization is key! In order to land you an interview, your resume should reveal your strongest attributes first. This way the resume reviewer will have the opportunity to quickly perceive who you are, what you do best, and what you want to do in the future. Your resume should also reflect how you benefit the company’s interests.

Tips for a Successful Resume:

  • Don’t be generic.
  • Express your experiences, achievements, and ambitions.
  • Know where and what you’re applying for before drafting your cover letter and resume.
  • Avoid addressing the cover letter to the wrong person.
  • Highlight your assets, not your pitfalls. If you have irrelevant work experience you do not need to include that. If your GPA is lower than a 3.5 you might not want to include that on your resume.
  • Keep it up to date! Do not send out an outdated resume. Double check for any inconsistencies.
  • You do not need to include high school activities or random jobs unless they show growth (i.e. you started out as a hostess and became a head manager).
  • Make sure your resume matches what is on your LinkedIn profile.