Name - State your full name at the top of the page.

Address/Phone - Information the employer needs to know if they want to contact you. If you're still at Bucknell, include both your college and permanent addresses and telephone numbers. Once you have graduated, list only your permanent address (or the address and phone at which you can be reached until you're employed). Do not forget to include your e-mail address, as well.

Career Objective - A career objective is a statement which tells the employer what type of position you are seeking. It's probably the most difficult part of the résumé to write. Why? Because it is important to be as specific as possible — a vague statement probably won't create a positive impression in the employer's mind. People want to hire someone who knows what he/she wants.

There are two solutions to this dilemma:

  • Leave the Objective out of of the résumé. Spend time researching job/career opportunities and submit a cover letter along with the résumé explain your goals in pursuing employment with the organization. Target your career field of interest within the cover letter.
  • Spend time researching job/career opportunities before you begin to submit résumé and cover letters to employers. Thus, you'll be able to know what you want and what organizations can provide those opportunities for you.

Educational Background - Items in this section include the college or university from which you are graduating, (if you have transferred, studied abroad or taken summer courses at other institutions you'll want to include names, dates and pertinent information) date of graduation, major(s), minor(s), and academic concentration/emphasis. Should you include your grade point average? Yes, we recommend that you do. If you've done well in college, . . . be proud of it, show it off. If you haven't done as well as you'd hoped, . . . review your grade point average in a number of ways (cumulative, major, upper-class) and list the strongest. Many employers like to (and many times need to) have this information. If you do not include it, recruiters will probably assume it is very low and it may harm you in the screening process. Above all, be honest, and if it is low (a relative term, but generally below 3.0) you may wish to discuss the reasons why (change of major, illness, etc.) within your cover letter. If you are unsure about how to handle your GPA, please talk with a CDC counselor and discuss what your most appropriate approach may be in dealing with this information. Many students like to incorporate a "relevant coursework" section naming various upper-level courses you've completed which are related to the field you are pursuing. This is especially helpful is you are double majoring or have one or more academic minors.

Work Experience - This section includes any summer, internship, part-time and full-time employment you have held throughout your college years. If you have taken time off between high school and college or have a lengthy work record you may wish to combine or briefly state some of these experiences if they are in no way directly relevant to the position you are seeking. Job title, name and location of employer, dates of employment, and a brief description of your duties should be included in reverse chronological order (most recent first). Describe these experiences in the most concise and concrete manner. Remember to use action words and short, active phrases. It's not necessary to use lengthy and detailed sentences to get your point across — it gets boring and employers don't have the time to read it.

Activities/Honors - Any extracurricular activities, volunteer/community experiences, positions of leadership, academic (or other) awards, scholarships and honors should be highlighted within this section. If an experience is not self-explanatory, be sure to include a brief description to point out it's relevance.

Special Sections - Includes areas such as computer skills, research, publications, travel, skills, languages, awards, and professional affiliations. These topics are not required to be included in a résumé but sometimes help to enhance or support your career direction.

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