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 or internship, 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.
The Career Center offers an online resume builder, free to students, through Optimal Resume. Using this online tool, you can create your 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. All you need is a Valpo email address to sign up!
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 bookstore and local office supply and discount stores.
For assistance with your resume, you can:
- Stop in the Career Center to meet with a staff member during Drop-in Advising. For current Drop-in Advising times, see our contact information to the left.
- Schedule an appointment with a Career Center staff member.