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A resume is a brief document that summarizes your education, employment history and experiences that are relevant to the particular job that you are applying for. The purpose of a resume is to inspire the employer to call you for an interview.

What are some resume basics?

  • Keep resume between one and two pages only
  • Write a targeted resume with relevant experiences
  • One half an inch margin all around
  • Don’t use a template they can be restrictive
  • Have bullet points that demonstrate your skills
  • Make sure bullet points include keywords/skills that the employer has identified in the job description
  • Consistency, uniformity, professional
  • No spelling/grammar or punctuation errors

What sections should I include in my resume?

  • Contact Information
  • *Summary (Only applicable for career changers, those seeking non-traditional opportunities or established professionals) One brief, concise statement summarizing your experience and how that relates to what you want to do
  • Education (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Skills (computer and foreign language proficiency)
  • Licensures or Certifications or Trainings
  • Experience (e.g. Clinical Experience, Relevant Experience, etc.)
  • Other optional headings: Leadership Experience, Community/Volunteer Experience, Other Work Experience

What should my bullet points include/not include?

  • Bullet points should begin with an action verb (use correct tense)
  • Bullet points should not be in first person (e.g., no “I,” “my” or “we”)
  • There should be a minimum of three bullets points with a maximum of five
  • Ending bullet points with a period is optional; be consistent
  • Bullet points should quantify your skills and accomplishments

Current USC MSW Students:
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