Undergraduate Blog / Career Development

Highlighting Impact On A Resume

This post was written by Fabio Jaime ’17, CCD Peer Career Ambassador

During the past few weeks, PCAs presented an overview of CCD and its resources at FYS classes. Our goal is to help first-year students learn about the career development process, and more specifically master the first step, resumes. After the presentation, students were expected to upload their resumes, and PCAs are currently reviewing them. From the ones we have looked at so far, there are a few suggestions we wanted to highlight.

First, when writing bullet points for work or leadership experiences, you should concentrate on the results and impact that your role allowed you to accomplish. Essentially, you should not merely state your actual tasks, and instead concentrate on why you were assigned such task. This involves quantifying. For example, if you were the head of a student club in high school: how many members did your club have? How many people attended your events? How did you market to the student population? What was your most successful event and how was that made possible? How many people did you oversee? These are some of the questions you should ask yourself when writing bullet points for your resume, and remember to keep it as concise as possible.

Please come in to see us during walk-in hours (MR 1 PM-4PM and TW 10AM-1PM) if you need any help with your resume or cover letter. We are happy to guide you in the right direction!