Job Search Documents
Resumes, Cover Letters, & References
Application documents are your opportunity to showcase your qualifications and experience, highlight your personal brand, and showcase your ability to be career ready.
Consider your documents as the first “interview”–you want to make a good first impression with employers and recruiters. Download our Resume Template and follow along to get a headstart on your resume!
Build Your Resume
Create and perfect your resume using the information below. But remember, your resume is personal to you and your experiences.
Your resume begins with a header that includes:
- Your full name
- Contact information
- Any online profiles or portfolios you wish to direct potential employers to such as LinkedIn or personal websites
Make sure you have selected a simple, professional-looking email address. Your student email address is a great choice.
Resume Header Example
Many jobs require specific levels of education, degrees, or coursework. This makes your Education section one of the most important components of your resume.
List your education section right after your header to ensure this qualification is noted by the reader.
Students who have degrees from multiple institutions should list them in reverse chronological order.
- You do not need to list institutions from which you did not earn a degree.
It is not necessary to include your high school education. It is fine to include positions you held in high school on your resume, but those will show up in your Experience section.
Education Section Example
Employers are looking for you to show that you are career ready in your experience section.
Experiences can be anything where you gained or showcased the skills you will need to be successful in the role you are applying to obtain:
- Class projects
- Leadership roles
- Part time jobs
- Volunteering opportunities
List in reverse chronological order, remembering that you do not need to list out everything you have ever done. Just experiences you want to showcase.
As you describe your experiences, utilize action verb statements to focus on a strong transferable skill or related task. No need for personal pronouns in your bullet statements
- action verb + what you did + outcome/reason
- Ex.: "Championed + weekly project meetings + that led to an early launch of new product."
- View a list of action verbs to boost your resume.
Experience Section Example
Use additional sections to show your holistic self; these should be unique to you and not based on a template.
Some common sections:
- Technical Skills
Optional Sections Example
The First-time Resume Example helps you put your best foot forward while focusing on past experiences like involvement, volunteer, leisure, and paid and non-paid jobs.
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More Resume Examples
Compare the bullet points below. Both applicants do the same job, but using compelling action verbs stands out more to the reader. Download the full resume template.
Weak Writing Examples
Olive Garden, Baton Rouge, LA
- I take orders from customers and bring food to their tables
- Being a waitress requires that I have strong communication and customer service skills
- I developed leadership skills
- Teamwork skills
Career Center, LSU
- Answer phone calls
- Check people in
- Schedule in person appointments
- Give direction
Strong Writing Examples
Olive Garden, Baton Rouge, LA
- Ensure every customer is satisfied with their experience by providing a high level of customer service
- Communicate with kitchen staff to effectively expedite food to customers
- Manage a section of five tables with the potential for 25 guest at a time
- Train new wait staff on proper technique and Olive Garden protocol
Front Desk Student Employee
LSU Olinde Career Center, LSU
- Maintain professional levels of courtesy. when answering phone calls
- Facilitate appointment scheduling between students and career coaches
- Greet and check in students, alumni, and employers upon arrival in Career Center
- Preserve a positive workflow by efficiently directing newcomers to appropriate staff or resource
Review this list of strong action verbs to tailor your resume and make it stand out.
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