Building Résumés

A résumé can be seen as your one-page interview.

Think of it as an audition before you are given a part in a production. In this audition, you have to show you are able to do things the director wants you to do. In the case of your job search, your résumé will be that audition. It is a chance for you to showcase things you feel the employer would be most concerned about. The employer has a job description detailing things a candidate must possess to qualify. You should use your résumé to show you meet all of those criteria and are the best candidate for the job.

General tips

  • Provide the most important information such as education, graduation date, GPA, and so on at the beginning of the résumé.
  • Leave off things you do not feel are relevant to the job so you can use space to discuss things that are most pertinent to the open position.
  • Be specific when talking about your experiences. Details give a better understanding of what you bring to the table.
  • Stay consistent with your formatting throughout. Your résumé should not stand out for the wrong reasons.
  • Pages 14-19 of the Student Career Guide include templates and tips on creating a strong résumé.
  • View the Résumé Rubric our staff uses to review résumés in Handshake.
  • Consider coming in for an appointment to discuss your résumé in person.

When you think you have finished writing, take a step back and ask yourself, “Does this document say everything I want it to say and show me the way I want to be seen?” If the answer is yes, then you are well on your way. If not, there is always room for improvement.

 

Résumés in Handshake

All résumés must be approved by the LSU Olinde Career Center before becoming active in Handshake for applying for jobs or participating in on-campus interviews. 

Students should be prompt in submitting a résumé for activation. We make every effort to be timely in the approval process, but cannot guarantee a turnaround of less than two (2) business days. 

Getting your résumé approved in Handshake:

  • Pages 14-19 of the Student Career Guide include templates and tips on creating a strong résumé.
  • View the Résumé Rubric our staff uses to review résumés in Handshake. 
  • Consider coming in for an appointment to discuss your résumé in person.
  • Upload your résumé under the Documents tab for review by a Career Center staff member.

 

Curriculum vitae

A CV is a longer more detailed version of the résumé commonly used in academic, scientific or research environments. Commonly 3-10 pages in length, the CV details your academic and professional career. Before starting, always check with colleagues in your department for sample CVs as different disciplines have different requirement.

Our Student Career Guide offers templates and tips on creating a strong CV. 

Cestagi offers a free way to easily create an electronic CV.

 

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