Gear Up 4 Recruiting Series #2: Mastering Your Résumé

Welcome to part two of our Gear Up 4 Recruiting Blog Series where we will address that little piece of paper that can make it or break it: the rsum. We will cover the purpose of a rsum , pre-planning, content, and general dos and don’ts.

In the world of recruiting, a rsum can be that glorious tool that gets you an interview or – must worse – it can actually get your name passed over. A recruiter will spend anywhere from 7-15 seconds sizing up your rsum. If they cant conclude why YOU are special in that brief period of time, youre out of luck. 

Your rsum should highlight important information, but more importantly, form an image for your potential employer of who you are and why you are right for the job. To prove why you are right for the job, you must first do some research.

Rsum Pre-Planning

Do your homework and look for the qualities your potential job requires. When editing your rsum include these skills and key words wherever you can. Again, you want to show that you are qualified and would be a perfect fit!

Additionally, look for good and bad rsum examples online. The internet is a wonderful place full of resources. Find images that display good  rsums vs. bad rsums. This will give you an idea of what format your  rsum  should be.


  • Contact Information include at the top of your rsum in large text, so the recruiter can quickly identify your name. If you are applying for a job out of state, but are willing to move, exclude your address. 
  • Objective Stating your objective on your rsum is not required. If you are applying for a general position, it may help, but that depends on who you talk to. 
  • Summary of Qualifications this is a nice way to include your skills and why you are qualified for the position. Keep it brief, because job-specific skills and duties will be included in the experience section.
  • Experience There are a number of ways to list your experience, so we would recommend copying good formatting examples from the internet. Formatting is especially important in this section because there are many components to include: Company, job title, years worked, duties. If your experience doesn’t match up with exactly what they are looking for, redirect the wording to highlight attributes that will make you the ideal fit. For example, if you worked for yourself for many years, but want to enter public accounting, include skills that show you are a self-starter and take initiative or that you have produced positive results. 
  • Education – #1 rule list in chronological order starting from the most recent. There are way too many Masters students who list their high school first. Leave out high school altogether and list your most recent and relevant education. If accounting is your second degree, include your accounting degree and your last highest degree.
  • Additional Info this is another optional section where people may include special skills or hobbies. This gives the recruiter an idea of who you are outside of work and may give you something to talk about in your interview. Caution: keep it professional! If a special hobby of yours is to enter burping contests, you may want to omit that information.
  • References don’t include references on your rsum. A recruiter will ask if they need them.

General Dos and Don’ts
DO keep it one page
DO your research beforehand
DO triple check your spelling and grammar
DO have a friend or career counselor look over it
DO customize your rsum according to the position
DON’T use one general rsum for every job you are applying for
DON’T use an unprofessional email such as
DON’T worry! Everything works out in the end!

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