Your résumé is a work in progress you will update as you gain relevant skills and experiences. In addition to applying for a position, a résumé will also help you understand what skills you have and identify those you need to develop.

As you create or revise your résumé focus on the content areas below.

Education

  • Include the institutions you’ve attended and graduation dates (we don’t recommend including your high school after you are a sophomore in college)
  • State your major and minor (or anticipated major/minor if not yet declared)
  • List the honors/awards you have received since entering and while at Wheaton
  • Include languages and technology skills and relevant courses, if applicable

Experiences

  • Include both paid and unpaid experiences
  • The most relevant or most recent experiences go at the top
  • Highlight position, accomplishments and projects
  • Generally, include two to four bullets for each description.  Begin each phrase with an action verb and when possible follow the action verb with a result or an outcome. (action verb + subject + result or purpose)

Activities and Leadership

  • Emphasize groups with which you have had on-going involvement
  • Highlight leadership roles including sports teams, clubs and/or volunteer experiences
  • Choose related or most recent experiences
  • Choose high school experiences only if they are related to the experience for which you are applying

Make sure your résumé is error free and grammatically correct. Proofread, proofread, proofread.

If you would like assistance in creating or revising a résumé, meet with a CPA – Career Peer Advisor before scheduling an appointment with a Career Services Advisor.