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Below are a few resources that can help you improve your resume:

Overview

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A resume highlights your skills related to your career interests. It connects your story to your community and includes your academic achievements, volunteer experiences, extra-curricular activities, summer jobs and internships. Employers initially scan a resume for 30 to 60 seconds so you need to communicate your story clearly and concisely to land the interview.

Instant Resume Feedback

VMOCK is an on-line resume grading system for Kinesiology, Public Policy, and LS&A Undergraduates only.

Improve your resume in 4 easy steps:

1. Upload your resume onto VMOCK
2. Get instant feedback with customized suggestions for improvement
3. Make the changes to your original resume
4. Schedule an appointment to meet with the University Career Center's Peer Advisors or Career Coaches to talk about how you plan to use your resume, and how to connect with organizations of interest! 

How To Write Your Resume

A resume highlights your skills related to your career interests. It connects your story to your community and includes your academic achievements, volunteer experiences, extra-curricular activities, summer jobs and internships. Employers initially scan a resume for 30 to 60 seconds so you need to communicate your story clearly and concisely to land the interview.

Common Resume Sections
 

Name and Contact Information

  • List your name, current address, telephone and/or cell phone number and e-mail address.
  • Add your permanent address if it’s helpful information for the employer.

Objective

  • An objective is optional. If included it is a “thesis statement” focusing on skills related to a specific position. If it’s not on your resume include it in your cover letter.

Education

  • Highlight your college academic experiences.
  • List institutions you attended and location (city/state) in reverse chronological order.
  • Include degree you will receive; month/year of graduation.
  • Optional information includes: GPA (3.0 or above overall or in concentration); course highlights; awards/honors; study abroad; high school (if you are a 1st year student).

Experience

  • Describe work, internship, extracurricular, leadership, and/or volunteer experiences.
  • Include title, name of organization, locations (city/state) and dates.
  • Describe experiences highlighting skills used/gained and tangible accomplishments.
  • Use action verbs and phrases (rather than full sentences) to keep the language action oriented and focused on skills and accomplishments.
  • Use the “bullet plus” technique (below) to strengthen your descriptions. Include what you did plus how, why or the impact of your work.

Activities/Professional Affiliations/Interests

  • Optional sections that highlight your involvement outside the classroom.
  • These experiences may be described or simply listed.
  • Interests may be included if they are relevant to the position (e.g., hiking or travel for a sports equipment company) or are unique in nature.

Skills

  • Optional section that highlights skills not mentioned in other section(s) (e.g., foreign language ability and level of proficiency, computer skills).

Writing Better Bullet Points

Ready to write a “bullet plus”?

The bullet plus is: WHAT you did plus

  • HOW you performed your duties or,
  • WHY the task was important or
  • The IMPACT of the task within the organization

Examples:

  • Basic bullet: Enhanced interpersonal skills
  • Bullet plus: Enhanced interpersonal skills by facilitating cross-cultural conversations with Malawian teens and community members. (how)
     
  • Basic bullet: Created real interest monitoring tool
  • Bullet plus: Created real interest monitoring tool to study the effect of rate changes on foreign exchange levels (why)
     
  • Basic bullet: Directed actors in productions 
  • Bullet plus: Directed 5-10 student actors and managed technical team in both short and full-length productions attracting audiences of 100+ (impact)

Want some help getting started?

  • List 3 skills you want to highlight (e.g., writing, leadership, attention to detail).
  • What are 2-3 experiences that demonstrate each skill (think broadly: classes, volunteer positions, internships, jobs)?
  • What did you do in each of the experiences? How did you use the skill?

Sample Resumes

Here are a few sample resumes from real UM students (names changed, of course!). Use these for inspiration, but remember, there isn't one preferred format!  The focus is on what you want the employer/graduate school to know about your skill

Examples for: 

1st years/Sophomores
•  Dan A. Hall [PDF]          •  Lane Hall [PDF]

Juniors/Seniors
•  Burton Tower [PDF]        •  Mason Hall [PDF]

Volunteer / Co-curricular experiences
•  Dan A. Hall [PDF]          •  Dennis Hall [PDF]

Internship experience
• 
 Lotta Skills [PDF]          •  Dennis Hall [PDF]

Study Abroad
•  Lotta Skills [PDF]          •  Ima Wolverine [PDF]

Coursework
•  Mason Hall [PDF]          •  Dan A. Hall [PDF]  

Honors / Awards
• Lane Hall [PDF]              • Burton Tower [PDF] 

Research
Theodore M. Card [PDF]  

Masters Level
Vivian Perry [PDF]                   

Resume Action Words

Use the list below to help you get started thinking about action words to use on your resume.

Achieved

Adapted

Addressed

Administered

Advised

Analyzed

Arranged

Assembled

Assessed

Assisted

Attained

Audited

Budgeted

Calculated

Classified

Coached

Collected

Communicated

Compiled

Composed

Computed

Conducted

Consolidated

Constructed

Consulted

Coordinated

Counseled

Created

Critiqued

Defined

Designed

Detected

Determined

Devised

Diagnosed

Directed

Discovered

Displayed

Earned

Edited

Eliminated

Enforced

Established

Estimated

Evaluated

Examined

Expanded

Explained

Experimented

Financed

Formulated

Gathered

Generated

Grossed

Guided

Handled

Hypothesized

Identified

Illustrated

Implemented

Improved

Increased

Influenced

Initiated

Inspected

Installed

Instituted

Instructed

Interpreted

Interviewed

Invented

Investigated

Lectured

Managed

Marketed

Mediated

Modeled

Monitored

Motivated

Negotiated

Obtained

Operated

Ordered

Organized

Oversaw

Performed

Persuaded

Photographed

Planned

Prepared

Presented

Printed

Processed

Produced

Projected

Promoted

Proofread

Provided

Publicized

Purchased

Received

Recommended

Reconciled

Recorded

Recruited

Reduced

Referred

Refined

Rehabilitated

Repaired

Reported

Represented

Researched

Resolved

Responded

Restored

Retrieved

Reviewed

Scheduled

Selected

Solved

Sorted

Studied

Summarized

Supervised

Supplied

Surveyed

Tested

Trained

Transcribed

Translated

Traveled

Tutored

Upgraded

Utilized

Wrote