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CLARK UNIVERSITY
Career Services
122 Woodland St. (Alumni/Career Services House)
Telephone: (508) 793-7258
Worcester, MA 01610-1477
Fax: (508) 793-7189
Website: www.clarku.edu/offices/career
Email: careers@clarku.edu
Resumes
TOP 10 RESUME GUIDELINES

1 Proofread to eliminate spelling or grammatical errors.
2 Resumes should be 1 page, however 2 pages is acceptable in some circumstances.
3 Print on resume quality paper.
4 List education and experience in reverse-chronological order.
5 Use strong action words (refer to the Action Verbs page).
6 Include all relevant academic and work experiences that illustrate your skills.
7 List experiences under appropriate titles, i.e.\u201cRelated Experience\u201d, \u201cAdditional

Experience\u201d, etc.
8 Quantify your accomplishments using numbers and percentages.
9 Do not include personal data such as: age, nationality, children, and health.
10 Avoid staples, folds, hollow-bullets & italics as your resume may be scanned.

CREATING A RESUME

1. Brainstorm and list all of your experiences through college. First-year and sophomore
resumes may include related high school experiences. These are typically removed by senior
year.

2. Describe these experiences by using strong Action Verbs. Use numbers to quantify
accomplishments and skills, i.e.\u201cCoordinated a team of #\u201d, \u201cInstructed # children ages # to #\u201d

or \u201cManaged budget of $\u201d.
3. Use short phrases and powerful words to stress accomplishments. Do not use \u201cI\u201d.
4. Avoid \u201cresponsible for\u201d and \u201cduties included\u201d which present a more passive than active tone.
5. Use capitalization, underlining, bold type and spacing (in moderation) to emphasize relevant

skills and experiences. Details such as format and paper quality enhance the appearance of
your resume.
SAMPLE LAYOUT OF A RESUME
Objective: This is optional; include only if you can be CLEAR and SPECIFIC.
Education:

Include: Degree, major, name of college or university, city, state, and date of graduation.
GPA only if it is favorable (undergraduates: above 3.0. graduate: above 3.5).
Include relevant coursework.

For example:
CLARK UNIVERSITY, Worcester, MA

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, to be awarded May 2008
Minor: International Development
GPA 3.3/4.0
Relevant coursework: List 4 \u2013 6upper level courses, which may be relevant
to the position.

Experience:

Include: All relevant full-time and part-time positions, internships, summer jobs, community service, volunteer and research projects. Divide experiences into categories (Related; Additional; Teaching; Research Experience) to tailor to the position you are seeking.

Skills:
Include: Computers (hardware, software etc.), and Languages, (i.e.\u201cFluent in Spanish\u201d,
\u201cIntermediate Chinese\u201d)
Sports, Interests and other Activities:

Include: Sports teams and dates (list sports achievements and awards if applicable), Clark clubs and
other organizations you have been affiliated with (many times these activities can be considered
Experience).

Resume Checklist
___
Is your resume limited to no more than two font styles, preferably one?
___
Are the margins between \u00bd and 1 inch wide?
___
Is your resume professional, neat, and easy to read?
___
Is it free of typing, spelling, and grammatical errors?
___
Is your resume free of unnecessary words such as \u201cresponsible for\u201d, \u201cduties included\u201d,
\u201cthe\u201d, \u201can\u201d, \u201ca\u201d, \u201cvarious\u201d, as well as the pronoun \u201cI\u201d?
___
Does your resume highlight the most important information you need to stress, emphasize
the positive, and support your objective?
___
Have you used strong action verbs and quantitative measures to emphasize
accomplishments?
___
Is your resume accurate and honest?
___
Has your resume been critiqued by Career Services or at least one person in your field of
interest?
___
Are you prepared to discuss all information presented on your resume with an employer?
Come visit us at Career Services for more assistance in creating that perfect resume. Drop
it off and it will be reviewed and ready for pick-up within 48 hours!
JESSICA CLARKIE
950 MAIN ST. \u2022 CLARK UNIVERSITY BOX 0007 \u2022 WORCESTER, MA 01610
jclarkie@clarku.edu \u2022 (508) 793-7258

OBJECTIVE:
Summer internship in a human service organization
EDUCATION:

CLARK UNIVERSITY, Worcester, MA
Bachelor of Arts,Psych o l ogy expected May 2007
GPA: 3.2/4.0
RELEVANT COURSEWORK:
Developmental Psychology \u2022 Theories of Family Processes \u2022 Cultural Psychology
Human Development and Learning \u2022 Abnormal Psychology \u2022 Psychology of Personality
RELEVANT EXPERIENCE:
PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT, Clark University, Worcester, MA
Research Assistant
Spring 2005 & Fall 2005
\u2022
Assisted with study examining the effects of meditation on stress management
\u2022
Designed surveys to measure stress level of 20 adolescent participants
\u2022
Led meditation sessions twice a week for 10 weeks
\u2022
Analyzed data from participant surveys
UNIVERSITY PARK CAMPUS SCHOOL, Worcester, MA
Tutor
Fall 2003 \u2013 Spring 2004
\u2022
Instructed small groups of high school students with reading and writing weaknesses
\u2022
Planned and implemented writing and reading exercises
\u2022
Completed extended case study on one student
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE:
UNO\u2019S RESTAURANT, Worcester, MA / Chicago, IL
Waitstaff
Summer 2002 - present
DEAN OF STUDENTS OFFICE, Clark University, Worcester, MA
Office Assistant
Spring 2003
SKILLS:Conversational Spanish
SPSS; MS Office
EXTRACURRICULAR:
Undergraduate Psychology Club
Women\u2019s Center Volunteer

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