How to write a resumé
Probably more appropriate for newly
See Guide to Writing as an Engineer
Experience (Planning, Technical
skills, Project management)
Use hanging indents
Lotsa white space (but not too much!)
Telegraphic writing style (no "I", no
No fancy fonts
Stick with one font throughout (I like
Bold, italic OK
No underlining (ugly vestige of typewriter
MATHEMATICIAN SEEKING COMPUTER
1 Seaward Avenue
Glen Cove, NY 11524
Six years' experience in computer
sales and service
Author of published computer
Headline takes place of the job objective
Now add highlights in form of subheads
Within categories use reverse
EDUCATION. University of Colorado,
majoring in math and French, 1985-now. Plan to graduate December 1989.
Current grade-point average, 3.4/4.0.
EXPERIENCE. User Friendly Computers,
part-time salesman and instructor of courses in Operating Systems,
Word Processors, 1988-now. Computer Works, part-time salesman,
1987-1988. The Apple Polisher, a teachers' grade-book program
published in 1987 by ....
ADDITIONAL SKILLS. Familiarity with
Apple, IBM, and Atari computers [OK, it's an old resumé]; Microsoft
QuickBASIC, assembly language, and FORTRAN; WordPerfect and dBase.
HONORS. Colorado State Science
Fair, second place in Engineering and three Special Awards for [name
of project], 1985.
REFERENCES. Mr. Geoffrey Gordon,
[address, telephone number] ....
Speaking of references
REFERENCES available upon request.
Supply 2 or 3 references
Former employers or professors
Prospective employer may know one of
Get their permission
Give names, affiliations, telephone
numbers, e-mail addresses
Saves prospective employer one step
Responsible for organizing undergraduate
laboratories; supervised faculty of 7.
Use telegraphic style: No "I", no "to
be" verbs, no articles:
I was responsible for organizing
the undergraduate laboratories and supervised a faculty of 7.
Keep paragraphs short
Limit resume to one page if possible
Leave plenty of white space
But don't indent too far (5 or 10 spaces
Make important data immediately apparent
As by hanging indent, centering, bold,
Attach supporting information (publications
or specific job details) on separate pages
but do not include
Interests, activities, hobbies
GWE recommends it; I do not
How to write a cover letter
Write a letter of application
Specific to the job for which you are
Use standard business letter format
Date, 4 (ugh) inches to the right
Dear Dr. Recipient:
Please consider this letter and my
resumé as an application for the position of Applied Physicist,
which you advertised in the Boulder Daily Chimera. I will graduate
in May of this year from the Engineering Physics Department of the Colorado
School of Mines with an average of A- in my physics and engineering courses.
Specifically to the position, I have experience in [blah, blah].
[See GWE for more and more-extensive
I am available for an interview at
almost any time that is convenient for you and your associates. You may
reach me by phone at 303-xxx-yyyy or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll
look forward to hearing from you.
Except maybe make a nice letterhead
If you insist;
Won't impress me
Arthur K. Young, M. S. W., Ph.
1 Seaward Avenue
Glen Cove, N. Y. 11524
Copyright © 2000
by Matt Young. All rights reserved.
Update resume routinely
Apply specifically to job advertised
or to company
If they want an engineer, you graduated
from Engineering Physics
If they want a physicist, you graduated
Modify resumé accordingly