General Resume Tips

  • Pay attention to your grammar and spelling! Simple mistakes will not impress potential employers. Have IISE proof-read and critique your resume here and give you personalized advice.
  • Honesty is the best policy. Do not lie on your resume, as it will catch up with you in the long run.
  • Keep your formatting consistent throughout your resume. Use only 1-2 fonts and be sure that you are consistent with the font sizes you use.
  • List your experience in reverse-chronological order (most recent at the top).
  • Present yourself in the best possible light. Even if your work experience seems primitive, you can still make it sound impressive. For example, if you worked at an on-campus restaurant, your bullet points can include statements like “Maximized customer satisfaction by quickly and accurately filling food orders” or “Cooked in a fast-paced kitchen environment and ensured that food met customers’ quality expectations”.
  • During your first year of college, it is ok to include your high school extracurricular activities on your resume. But by the time your second year rolls around, you should have enough college experience to fill your resume. Employers want to know what you are involved in now, not what you did a few years ago.
  • When possible, list numeric data in your bullet points. Employers, especially engineering companies, love to see that you “improved production line efficiency by 50%”, or “implemented a change that saves $10,000 annually”.
  • Tailor your resume to the specific position you are applying for. Include the company/organization name in your objective and use key words from the job posting in your bullet points.