Your resume will be read in less than 10 seconds, ergo: This is an eye scan map of how much time employers spend looking at a resume.

  1. It is your job to arrange your information in a way that makes it easy for an employer to see that you have the qualifications he/she needs.
  2. The information on your resume should support your contention that you are qualified for this specific position.
  3. List accomplishments and outcomes, quantifying where possible, to prove that you are effective at what you do.
Arranging the information on your resume for maximum effectiveness: 3 required sectionsThere should be a nice balance of print vs white space.  Information arranged so that it is easy to skim through quickly.  Most relevant information towards the top.
  1. Contact section, including name, mailing address (both campus and permanent), email address, phone and LinkedIn URL (if your LI profile is complete) 
  2. Education section, includes the name of the college, city, state, month and year of graduation, degree, major(s), optional minor, optional GPA
  3. Experience section, in reverse chronological order.  Each experience includes your title, organization name, city, state, approximate dates, and description of your experience.

If you have room left on your resume after listing the most relevant information, you can add additional sections.  Here are some sample optional sections.

College Central's resume keyword advice
Tailor your resume to the specific job whenever possible, at least to the career field and industry.  Never submit a generic resume.
  • Read the job/internship carefully to determine what qualifications this employer wants.Identify the specific qualities/experience this employer wants.  Decide which of your experiences prove that you've demonstrated having those qualities.
  • If possible, research this career field and industry so that you understand the qualities that are desirable in this field.
  • Review your own experiences, both paid and unpaid, academic and extra curricular, to decide where you most strongly demonstrate having/using the desired qualities.
  • Wherever possible, use the keywords in the description (or those you've discovered through your research) to describe your experiences.
  • Employers are hiring skills and performance, not duties.  
  • Maximize relevant information, minimize or eliminate less relevant information.
Emphasize outcomes and successes.  Employers hire skills and performance, not duties.
  • List the outcomes of your undertakings in each experience.  Did you accomplish what you meant to do?  How do you know if you succeeded?
  • List your successes for each experience.  Did you win any awards, recognition? Was the organization some how better because of what you did?
  • Quantify wherever possible.College Central's Resume podcast for iTunresCollege Central's resume no-no's