Construct your résumé by following the tips on formatting and content detailed below.

Writing Effective Resumes


a) Objective: Tailor your objective to include elements of the job description for each job you are applying to.

b) Education: Identify your degree, major/s, graduation date, and school. Include your GPA if 3.0 or higher. Don't forget certificate programs and education abroad.

c) Courses: Highlight coursework that is relevant to the job you are seeking. Write the name of the class, not the course number.

d) Skills: List skills relevant to the position. Include level of proficiencies for any languages and software applications. Also include interpersonal skills such as communication, leadership, teamwork. Back up your skills with specific examples or evidence.

e) Experience: Think beyond paid jobs and internships. Present relevant experience gained from class projects, volunteer efforts, and other extracurricular activities. Include numeric results and outcomes of your work.

f) Interests: Include activities, sports, or organization affiliations that may tweak interest or curiosity from the employer.


  • Keep your resume to one page unless you have extensive related experience.
  • Organize headings so that the most important points are first.
  • Keep the formatting clean with sufficient margins, uncluttered copy, and an easy to read font.
  • Proof, proof again, and then give to a friend to proof.


Résumé samples and additional information is available in CSC's Triton Career Guide pdf.