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Citation and Writing

Getting Started

The first step is to make a list of:

  • Every position of responsibility or job you have ever had, on or off-campus, paid or unpaid
  • What you learned from each one in 5 words or less 
  • What you did well to fulfill the responsibilities of the position

Next: Follow a standard resume format. Key elements of a basic resume:

  • Your contact information (top of the page, centered)
  • Optional: objective *or* key skills
  • Experience (paid or unpaid work, campus activities, etc.)
  • Education (in reverse chronological order)
  • References with contact information


  • You are writing for a very specific audience - the person who will hire you
  • Be succinct.
  • Proofread, proofread, then have at least one other person proofread. There can be no errors on the page.
  • Everything must fit on one page!
  • Save as a PDF to avoid formatting or access issues for your reader.