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Resume Recommendations

A lot of people have asked for help reviewing their resumes and preparing for job interviews, so I wanted to put together a brief list of recommendations. My advice below is based largely on my experiences at Deloitte Consulting and personal preferences/things I look for when reviewing applicants’ resumes. It highlights some of the key things that we look for during the hiring process. I hope you find it helpful. Please pass this info along to any other friends who might benefit from it.

There is no “correct” way to write your resume, but there are lots of good things to keep in mind as you are compiling a list of all your accomplishments to present them to potential employers. I have included my resume from senior year when I applied to Deloitte, my resume when I applied to grad school, as well as my current resume as examples at the bottom of this page. Feel free to borrow any formatting or verbiage that you like. Here are some general tips for your resume:

  • Include your full name in the file name of the .doc or .pdf resume
  • Formatting is your friend
    • Make your resume easy to read/skim because recruiters can literally have 100s to read through
    • Bold/italicize/underline important things (i.e., company names, job titles, locations, etc.)
    • Aligning some info on the right side helps keep things spaced out (and put more info on one line)
  • Use bullet points for school activities and describing work experience
  • Bullet points should always begin with strong action verb that make your job and associated tasks sound impressive
    • Bullet points do NOT end in periods – they should only be one sentence/thought (new thought à new bullet point)
    • Make sure you always tell the truth about your experiences, but use big words as necessary
    • Right clicking on a word and seeing what synonyms are suggested is useful
    • Use past tense for previous jobs and present tense for jobs you currently work at
  • Examples of strong action verbs:
    • Coordinated, produced, served, led, provided, participated, collaborated, created, instituted, initiated, maintained, etc.
  • Keep it one page
    • As you get older and gain more experiences, then you can expand it to multiple pages
    • Play with font size, margins, and formatting as needed to keep it on one sheet
  • Typical sections include education, work experience, and activities/volunteerism/skills/interests/relevant experiences/etc
    • You can include an “objective” section at the top that you specialize for each company if you want, but not required
  • Spell out the months in dates (i.e., June 2011 to Present)
  • “Class of 2012” sounds better than “Expected graduation May 2012”

Key attributes to highlight in your resume and especially at interviews (in the room and while chatting with “greeters” outside):

  • Demonstrate leadership, teamwork, and follow through
  • Highly motivated to succeed and achieve objectives
  • Superior analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral)
  • Creativity and high energy
  • Commitment to personal and professional growth
  • Respect for diversity
  • Evidence of attention to detail, perception, and insight
  • Effective listening skills
  • Ability to concisely answer questions
  • Professional demeanor and presence
  • Ask insightful questions about the company to show genuine interest in the position

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