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Writing a Resume


  • Brainstorm. Make a list of EVERYTHING you’ve done or been involved in—jobs, clubs /organizations, volunteer work, class projects—no matter how small or seemingly insignificant.
  • Review job ad carefully, paying special attention to language describing desired skills and experience required.
  • Review YOUR skill sets and identify places where they coincide with job description.
  • Approach this task like any other type of writing. Leave yourself enough time for planning, drafting, and revision.


  • Consider creating a “master résumé,” which lists all of your experience and skills, then modifying it for each individual position you apply for. Doing so is a good way to keep track of your achievements/accomplishments.
  • Consider the best organizational structure based on your experience and the specific job you’re applying for.
  • You might consider a structure that is chronological or one that groups by skill or type of experience.


  • Every résumé should contain certain basic information—contact information, educational background, and work experience.
  • Consider including a statement of objective and/or a brief summary of qualifications.
  • Other categories to consider: languages spoken, volunteer experiences, awards/honors, publications or conference
    presentations, and travel experiences
  • Describe work experiences using strong, consistent action verbs.

Feedback and Resources

  • The Writing and Communication Center: Get help with describing your work experience effectively and checking for clarity, word choice, and correct grammar/punctuation. Make an appointment for a one-to-one, face-to-face consultation at
  • Career Center: Overnight résumé critique (drop off before 4:00 PM), and many online resources/samples
    Contact info: 423-425-4184 or
  • The Studio at the UTC Library can help with the overall appearance of your resume. Make an appointment.