How to Write a Resume


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What is a Resume?

A resume is a personal advertisement of you. It is a summary of your educational background and training, your business or professional experience and qualifications, your achievements and objective.

Medaille College's Career Planning Office is excited to offer Optimal Resume™, a resume development program that allows students to develop an effective document for their job or internship search.

Create your resume with Optimal Resume™

Optimal Resume™ is available to current Medaille students. You will need your email address to register. Services are available up until 6 months after graduation. Please ensure that graduation dates in your profile are up-to-date.

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Download our Writing for Work Handbook PDF for more information regarding resume and cover letter writing.
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Resume DO's

  • Use language that provides the reader a sense of who you are and what you are capable of accomplishing
  • Pay attention to the  layout and appearance; your resume should be readable in less than 30 seconds
  • Use consistent formatting throughout the document including punctuation
  • Your resume is a brief summary of your skills and abilities not an autobiography; keep it to 1-2 pages
  • Create and review each resume with the employer's needs in mind
  • Emphasize transferable skills and accomplishments
  • When possible quantify your statements, numbers can go a long way in making a good impression
  • Draw attention to your activities, awards and other value-added experiences
  • Share your final draft with at least 3 people and seek constructive feedback
  • Proofread, Proofread, Proofread and when you are done Proofread it again.


Resume DON'Ts

  • Exaggerate or lie on your resume
  • Use of Titles: Resume, Fact Sheet, etc.
  • Do not include your availability or salary expectations unless asked; and then provide this in the cover letter
  • Do not list ONLY your job duties review to make sure that you included Abilities, Skills and Knowledge (ASK)
  • Have someone other than you write your resume
  • Explain reason for leaving other employment
  • Do not include abbreviations, jargon, charts, photographs, health/physical descriptions or marital status
  • Repeat the same action words instead choose a variety of words throughout the document
  • Use unreadable size fonts or extra large margins
  • Apply for a position with any errors on your resume

Contact Career Planning

Carol Cullinan, Director

Kimberly A. Partyka, Secretary

Career Planning
Medaille College
18 Agassiz Circle
Buffalo, New York 14214
(716) 880-2210


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