The Preparation

How to update your resume

By Colleen Sabatino, The Intern Coach

As a junior or senior, you should consider your resume as your business card. Your campus career center will help you in making sure your resume is always ready; they can provide guidelines, samples, and workshops that will ensure your resume is a professional document.

Although you’ve probably had multiple internships and several jobs, you should still limit your resume to one page to encourage readers. At the top, make sure you have your contact information, including cell phone numbers and email addresses. And use the name that you envision for your career. At school everyone might call you Jim, but you may want to use James on the resume. Instead of an Objective, use a Summary of Qualifications below your contact information. This Summary is a few phrases highlighting your achievements and skills. Then, enter your college data under Education. As a junior or senior, you’ll have taken courses relevant to your career. List some of the most impressive ones and note honors or group activities.

Under Career Progression or Work Experience, use bullets to list jobs and internships, ranging from most recent to oldest. For a strong resume, use action verbs, such as led, built, increased, etc., to start each job description. If possible, add a positive result to the second half of each bullet, such as “generating new Web site customers.” For tight writing, use mostly verbs and nouns, and skip the adjectives. For Additional Information, enter any interesting facts, such as being an Eagle Scout or speaking three languages. If you’re a technology student, you might want a Skills section to list your many proficiencies.  (For additional hints, look at these sample resumes.)

Remember to update your resume after every new achievement, including making the Dean’s List, winning a case competition, or attending an academic conference. When you complete an internship, add it to your resume as the most recent activity. If your resume is too long, remove the older items or the ones that do not support your career goals.