Resumes and Professional Letters

Even in a digital age, the skills of writing a resume that is targeted, tailored, and specifically indicates your related experiences and accomplishments is still a necessary skill to master.  The format is important in order to organize your information and create a document that is visually appealing and helps walk an employer's eye through each section.  The content should be brief yet poignant in order to showcase what, how, or why you did that task.  Resumes should also be written from the mindset of where you see yourself going in the future instead of solely a history of things you have done. Think about what are the knowledge and skills that are necessary in your field of interest and use that list to give your resume direction.  For example, if strong communication skills are important in your field, then think through your previous jobs, classes, on-campus involvement to determine when, how, and to whom did you communicate effectively and use those details to craft a bullet point.

But you aren't alone in this process, the Career Education & Development staff are able to assist you with developing tailored and targeted resumes focused on your future career goals.  So stop by 108 Bailey Library or call 724.738.2028 to make an appointment today.

Resume Basics

There isn't just one way to do a resume because there isn't just one type of person or one type of job.  Your resume should be a reflection of your experiences, your skills, what you have learned, and tailored to the job that you want.  So there's no getting around the fact that it may take some time to build a great base resume that accurately reflects you, but don't worry...we are here to help!

Below are some quick tips to get your unique content into a professional and appealing format:

  • Page Length: Business, Science, Technology, Communication fields tend to seek 1-page resumes while Education, Social Sciences, Performing Arts, and Therapy-related fields tend to have 1-2 page resumes
  • Page Margins: .5" to 1" range on all sides of the resume
  • Font Size: 10-12 point with your name at the top being larger (16-20 point)
  • Font Type: Recommended fonts are Times New Roman, Calibri, Cambria, Georgia, Garamond because they are recognizable and easy to read via computer scanning software programs