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Twardowski Career Development Center

Address:
225 Lawrence Center
705 S. New Street
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2501
General: cdc@wcupa.edu
Employers: recruit@wcupa.edu


Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:30pm (Fall & Spring Semesters)
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm (Summer)

The career center follows the University’s calendar for holidays, delays, and closures.


Drop-In Hours (no appointment needed):
Monday-Friday: 1:00-3:00pm


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Rammy W. Chester
700 South High Street • West Chester, PA 19383
RC811223@wcupa.edu • (610) 111-7788

OBJECTIVE (This section is optional)
Statement that tells the reader what position you are seeking and what skills/strengths you possess that can help you be successful; describes your current goal

EDUCATION
West Chester University of Pennsylvania, West Chester, PA
Bachelor of (degree) in (major), Graduation: May 2017
GPA: 3.##

  • List degrees in reverse chronological order (most recent first then to least recent)

Relevant Coursework (optional): Highlight 4 to 8 relevant courses. Courses should showcase subject knowledge or professional skills; a course list can provide added content if you have less experience. List descriptive course names, not course numbers.

RELATED EXPERIENCE
Organization Name, City, ST
Position title, Month/Year - Month/Year

  • May include paid or unpaid full-time and part-time jobs, internships, student teaching, volunteer positions, and other activities in which you developed relevant skills
  • List all experiences in reverse chronological order
  • Use bullets to answer: what you did, how you did it and why you did it
  • Use action verbs to describe your responsibilities (present tense for current positions and past tense for previous experiences)
  • May have more than one experience in this section

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE
Organization Name, City, ST
Position title, Month/Year - Month/Year

  • May not have as many bullets but still valuable work where you gained transferable skills, such as communication, customer service, and teamwork

ACTIVITIES

  • Begin this section with any WCU clubs/organizations; this section should also be in reverse chronological order, include dates
  • List any positions and/or significant responsibilities if applicable

ADDITIONAL CATEGORIES

  • Other common sections of a resume include Volunteer Experience, Publications, Presentations, Honors and Awards, Professional Associations, and Interests
  • Create your own category (e.g., Leadership Experience, Teaching Experience) if you have a number of experiences in one area

SKILLS
Usually a brief list of computer software applications you use, languages you can speak/write as well as your level of proficiency, or areas of certification relevant to your field (e.g., C.P.R.).

REFERENCES (There is no need to put "References Available Upon Request"; wastes a line of space)

  • Create a separate page for listing your professional references, typically listing 3-5 individuals including: name, title, organization, address, phone and email. If the relationship to you is not clear by the title, consider indicating their professional relation to you

Formatting

First impressions matter! Resumes should be easy to read and well-organized. Avoid using a standard template, and create your document using a consistent format with these tips:

  • DO:
    • .5-1 inch margins
    • 10-12 pt. font (with your heading a little larger to stand out)
    • Simple font style (Times New Roman, Garamond, Cambria, Arial, etc.)
    • 1 page is typically recommended by employers for current students and recent grads (Education, Government, Healthcare, and Nonprofit industries may be longer)
  • DON'T:
    • Use uneven spacing, alignment of text, and margins, which shows a lack of consistency
    • Use fonts that are too large or too small
    • Use fancy fonts, all caps, all bold, all italics, etc.
    • Include color or images, including personal photos (Artistic & Creative industries may be exceptions)

Samples

A variety of sample resumes are provided below, which incorporate some specific details relative to fields in each of the five colleges. While there are many accepted best practices of resume writing, you have choices with regards to how you structure your information. For example, resumes in the sciences and technical fields often share more with each other than with arts or humanities resumes, but take a look at many samples to determine which format is best for you and your experiences.