Follow the steps below, with links to resources to help you along the way.
To start, make sure you are using the most effective format to convey your key skills and experience. Whether you’re creating your first professional resumé or updating it on an annual basis, these steps will help you create the best tool to market your relevant skills and unique strengths.
1. Inventory Your Skills and Experiences
- Take stock of your skills and strengths
- Reflect on your experiences and draw out specific projects and roles
Examples of Roles and Skills/Responsibilities
Intern at Amazon: Created marketing materials to support a new product launch; Managed client relationships
Peer Mentor: Coached and mentored 2-3 students a term; Connected students to resources
Retail Associate: Delivered customer service; Reconciled cash daily requiring significant attention to detail
2. Research the Job Market and In-Demand Skills
- Gather job descriptions – many helpful resources exist, such as indeed.com, nucareers.northeastern.edu, and those specific to your professional path
- Identify and highlight the responsibilities, roles and skills in those job descriptions
- Familiarize yourself with industry buzzwords and their meanings
3. Then, (and only then!) Begin Writing
Write your first draft, making sure that you:
- Use the appropriate sections of a resumé (see below);
- Outline and give examples of relevant experiences using the information gathered in step 2 above;
- Craft effective bullet points - use action verbs and the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action Result)
Sections of a Resumé
Your resumé should include the following sections:
Personal Information: Name, Email, Phone Number, and LinkedIn address
Education: Schools attended, Degrees earned, Leadership activities. Optional: selected courses, GPA if over 3.5 Grad/ 3.0 UG, Honors
Experience: Include relevant professional experience, volunteer experience, and projects, typically listed with most recent experience at the top. Descriptions should be in bullet points, using the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action Result), and use active verbs.
Optional sections include:
Skills or qualifications summary
Help is available!
We encourage you to take advantage of the following resources:
- Northeastern University Career Development Resumé Resources
- Attend a workshop
- View careerx modules
- Meet with your coach
- Drop-in resumé help: The Career Studio, Stearns Center Floor 1