A resume helps you market yourself to employers and, more importantly, obtain interviews. It should be both thorough and concise, and it should highlight your education, experience, skills, and accomplishments in order to distinguish you from other applicants and to attract an employer’s attention. While your resume might not be solely responsible for securing a job, it’s an essential component of your search process.
The most important aspect of your resume is content: it must contain relevant information that gives an employer a clear sense of who you are as a student, an individual and a potential employee. A close second priority is appearance: a resume must look professional, since it’s the first impression an employer will have of you. It must have no spelling, grammatical or typographical errors, and it should be organized in a highly legible and visually appealing format.
As a Valpo alumnus, you have the ability to purchase a discounted invidiual subscription to Optimal Resume, the premier online resume and cover letter building tool. Using this resource, you can create a new resume from scratch, or customize existing, professionally-written templates and samples. The site also provides in-depth tips and tutorials for customizing your resume for different industries and occupations. Click on the link below to create an account.
A final pointer: if you’re submitting a hard copy of your resume, print it on high quality, woven bond resume paper. You can buy inexpensive packets of resume paper at the University Book store and local office supply and discount stores.
Contact the Career Center for further assistance, or if you'd like to have your resume critiqued by one of our professional staff.