Building Your Resume
Which type of resume is best for you? Well, we’ve summed that up for you in this IISE resume guide! The resume format listed below is tried and true; many UF IISE members have successfully used this format to land their dream jobs.
The basic format is:
Work Experience (or Professional Experience or Experience)
Involvement (or Leadership)
Additional Information (or Skills / Awards)
You should stick to this resume format, or a slight variation of this format. It includes all of the relevant information that employers are looking for and neatly organizes your information. Keep reading for a description of each section.
The heading is the first section of your resume that an employer will see. Include your full name and all of your relevant contact information. Keep it simple. Do not use any crazy formatting or hard to read fonts.
- Your full name in a large font (about 24 point)
- Professional email address
- Phone number
- Permanent address
- Temporary Address
It may seem obvious, but your objective statement should tell the reader what your objective is for submitting your resume. Whether you want a full time job, a summer internship, or a research position, make sure that your stated goal is clear. Don’t just say that your objective is “to obtain a summer internship”. Be detailed and state that your objective is “to obtain a challenging Industrial Engineering summer internship in the defense industry that will utilize my problem solving and critical thinking skills”, or something along those lines.
- Your specific objective for submitting your resume
- The company name and the exact title of the position you are applying for. For example, your objective could be, “To secure a position with Nestle USA in their Operations Management Training Program where I can maximize my project management and technical skills.”
The education section of your resume is very straightforward. Include information about your current and past education. Include your Overall GPA (and your Major GPA if it is higher than your Overall GPA). Even if your GPA is low, you should include it. Employers will ask about it, so just be honest with them and have a good explanation for your sub-par grades. An example of a good explanation is that you “work 20 hours per week during the semester to fund your own education, and have to balance your academic, work, and extracurricular commitments.”
- University of Florida
- Industrial and Systems Engineering
- Graduation Date
- High School Education (should not be included after your freshman year of college)
- Relevant Coursework
- Study Abroad Experience
- Major GPA
The work experience section of your resume is extremely important. Employers care about your academic success and extra-curricular involvement, but they really tend to focus on your work experience and your ability to “get the job done”. If you do not have any professional work experience yet, include your volunteering experience.
Regardless of your experience level, include more than just a list of past job titles. For each position you’ve held, include 2-4 bullet points that describe your primary responsibilities, projects that you worked on, and skills that you developed while working. Start each bullet point with an action verb and use past-tense. See the resumes below for examples of great bullet points, and the end of this document for a list of action verbs to start your descriptive bullet points with.
- Full-time experience, dates of employment
- Part-time experience, dates of employment
- Bullet points that list your major responsibilities, accomplishments and skills developed at each job
- Volunteer experience, dates of volunteer experience
The format of your involvement section should be very similar to the format of your work experience section, except your involvement section should focus solely on extra-curricular activities. This is a great place to show employers that you do more than just work and study. Show them that you are actively involved in your community. List the organizations that you are involved in such as IISE, INFORMS, Alpha Pi Mu, the Society of Sales Engineers, and so on. Like in the work experience section, include bullet points that explain what you actually do with each organization.
- Leadership positions, dates for each position
- Bullet points that show the highlights of your involvement in each organization
- Organizations you are affiliated with, dates of your affiliation
In this section you should list information regarding your computer skills, certifications, language skills, and awards/honors that you have received. Any skill you have that is relevant to the position you’re applying for should be listed. Include your Six Sigma Green Belt if you have earned that through IISE! Interests can be included if they are appropriate.
- Computer skills (software experience, programming languages) and skill level (beginner/intermediate/advanced)
- Languages spoken (besides English)
- Awards/honors received, scholarships