Building Your Résumé

Résumés are a critical component of the application process. Whatever stage of writing you’re in, whether it’s brainstorming or final polishing, the Career Center can help. Contact us to set up an appointment if you’d like in-depth assistance, or just drop by if you have a specific question(s).

Most employers spend about 20 seconds on their first glance at your résumé. Therefore, your résumé must be clear, concise, and easy to read.

Your résumé must impress employers the first time they skim through it.

Your résumé should:

  1. Be targeted to the type of position for which you are applying
  2. Be completely free of spelling errors, typos, and mistakes
  3. Have parallel structure and consistent formatting
  4. Have a professional appearance
  5. Be easy to read

Carleton’s Résumé Guide provides detailed information on how to structure your résumé, and features several samples to get you thinking about how to create and/or strengthen your own.