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Resume Guide

What does your resume say about you? Your resume summarizes your professional background, skills and accomplishments; however, it also helps to make an impression about you. Is it professionally written, formatted and presented? This guide will help you get started on a professional format that represents you well.

Resume Templates Tailoring Your Resume
Digital Resume Describing Your Experiences
Download the Resume Guide LACS Resume Guidelines

Resume Templates

Templates are pre-formatted Word documents allowing you to simply insert your information into a structured, professionally designed document. Download the template as a Word document, insert your content into the template, and save the document continuously while writing your resume. Please do not copy these resumes verbatim.

Once your resume is complete, visit Liberal Arts Career Services for resume assistance to ensure that your content highlights your talents and abilities. We can also help you target your skills to the intended application. Schedule an appointment or visit during our walk-in hours.

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  • Resume Template 1 is designed for non-business type opportunities with an emphasis on nonprofit, community service and leadership experience and interests. Download this resume in Word or PDF.
  • Resume Template 2 is designed for government, public and law-related careers with an emphasis on legislative, professional and research experience. Download this resume in Word or PDF.
  • Resume Template 3 is the McCombs Business School resume template. This would be best utilized for those interested in going into investment banking or consulting, or for those attending the BBA Undergraduate Career Expo in the fall and spring semesters. Download this resume in Word or PDF.
  • Resume Template 4 is designed for first-year students with high school-level experiences and minimal university-level experiences. Download in Word or PDF. And download the first-year cover letter example here.

Digital Resume

Your LinkedIn profile can serve as a digital resume, with much of the same info presented with a marketing angle. Learn how to create your digital resume via a LinkedIn personal brand at our LinkedIn page.

Tailoring Your Resume

Increase your competitiveness by tailoring your resume and showing the employer that you have done the research, understand the position and want this particular job at this particular organization. Get help tailoring your resume with these tools:

  • Job Posting Analysis: Use this tool to learn how to analyze a job posting and identify the key elements/key words to craft a strong, targeted resume.
  • SWOT Analysis: Use this tool to help evaluate your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats to help strengthen your resume.

Describing Your Experience

Crafting Resume Bullets & Using Action Verbs: Download this guide for help crafting strong, results-oriented bullets using action verbs to describe your experiences and accomplishments.

Action Statements: Action statements are often called bulleted statements because they usually begin with a bullet and they indicate an action you did as a result of a problem or situation.This is called the STAR technique. In action statements you should:

  • Identify the Situation that existed or the Task you were completing
  • Describe the Action taken
  • Describe the Results of your action (which could be a skill demonstrated or an outcome of your action)

A good action statement should contain:

  • An action verb describing what you did rather than simply your duties/responsibilities
  • The scope of your activities (how much money did you raise? Number of people served? Did you have to meet deadlines? What kind of research?) – Quantitative data is a plus!
  • The results of your activities, which can be:
    • Outcomes given in measurements such as, numbers/percent, amount of money, or value-added for customers
    • And/or specific skills you gained or demonstrated in that experience
  • Served 50 customers per hour, quickly and efficiently, as team member in fast-paced restaurant
  • Edited 10 news articles per week while consistently meeting deadlines for The Daily Texan, a student produced campus newspaper with a 12,000+ daily circulation
  • Supervised the well-being of 12 girls aged 14-17 at an academic summer camp for intellectually gifted high school students
  • Maintained organization’s security protocol to ensure confidentiality of over 200 client files 

LACS Resume Guidelines

The guidelines included below are based on employer feedback received regarding student resumes. These guidelines are used by LACS as requirements for all resumes uploaded into the BTT Gateway system. When you upload a resume to BTT Gateway, a Career Coach reviews your resume and approval is based on the following criteria.

There is a two business day turnaround for resume reviews, and your resume must be approved in order to apply for jobs and internships through BTT Gateway. Resume uploads are reviewed daily, Monday through Friday. For the best experience, verify your resume is one page (CVs and/or 2+ page documents will not be approved), uses bullet points and action verbs within experience descriptions, and incorporates a consistent, easy to read formatting style.  Please note once your resume is approved you will not have to go through the review and activation process again.

Get online help by accessing our resume writing guide and resume templates and bullet crafting/action verb guide to help you get started or revamp your resume.

Resumes do not get jobs; they get interviews!

  • Resumes should convey your unique skills and abilities
  • Resumes should not include every detail about you (i.e., achievements from middle school)
  • Resumes should not be so short or so vague that an employer has no idea what your skills are or what you did at your last job
  • HR professionals know that the best predictor of future performance is past performance

Make your resume easy to skim: The average employer will spend 15-30 seconds reviewing a resume!

  • Use one font style throughout resume; avoid script fonts. Times New Roman and Arial are good choices
  • Do not use graphics, shadowing, clip art, or decorative bullets
  • Use bold, italic, or underlining appropriately but sparingly
  • Put key information on the left and near the top of the page whenever possible

Resume Considerations

  • Objective Section: Not required for BTT Gateway resume or for applications that include a cover letter
  • Grammar: Avoid passive writing and the use of personal pronouns (I, we) and most being verbs (was, were, am)
  • Proofread: Review for grammatical, spelling and formatting consistency (do not rely on spellcheck)
  • High School & Transfer School Information: Not required if beyond your first year of study at UT
  • References: Include on a separate document and only provide when the employer requests them

Typical Resume Sections

Heading

  • Include your name, phone number, address, and email
  • Make sure your email address is professional
  • Professional voicemail (when employers call for interviews!)
  • Your name is generally bold and a few points larger in font size than the rest of your resume

Education

  • Degree (e.g., Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts)
  • Major(s)
  • Minors, concentrations, or areas of emphasis
  • University name, city, and state
  • Month and year of graduation
  • GPA(s) (typically if above 3.0) – If you list anything other than your overall GPA, be sure to specify which GPA you are using
  • No high school information
  • May include study abroad university

Relevant Coursework/Academic Projects

  • Include course name and semester
  • Bullet points and action verbs for descriptions
  • Include relevant coursework only if it is directly related to the position you are applying for and only if the coursework is not typical of your major (ex: do not include macroeconomics if you are an economics major)

Experience

  • Include the position title, employer/organization name, location (city, state), and dates with months and years
  • Typically your experience is listed in reverse chronological order with your most recent experience first
  • Highlight transferable skills and abilities rather than describing work duties and responsibilities. Think about the types of things that you did in your job or activities that relate to the types of things you will be doing in your future professional positions
  • For example, “Interviewed, hired, and trained new team members” or “Led closing of store by assigning roles at the appropriate time, balancing the cash registers, securing all cash, and setting the alarm.”
  • Describe your experience in a result-oriented fashion because employers know the best predictor of future performance is past performance

Academic Honors/Awards

  • Include name of award, scholarship, or certificate and date awarded

Skills

  • Computer software, hardware, research databases, and programs
  • Languages (make sure to specify competency level)
  • Social media
  • Any additional licenses or certifications you deem relevant

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