Module 03: Job Search


Jane is pointing to a resume on her desk with 3 key points that states, "Include experience, de-clutter, and proof read."

Your resume is one of your most important self-marketing tools. It’s typically your first point of contact with potential employers and it’s the main document interviewers refer to when comparing candidates. A strong resume presents your skills and experience in a manner that demonstrates that you’re the best fit for the job. The following sections will provide you with detailed information you’ll need to create a resume that’s appropriate for your unique situation.

Take a look at the resume advice on Florida Shines.

Resume Do’s and Don’ts

  • Do proofread your resume
  • Do ensure you use a professional email address and voicemail message
  • Do customize your resume for each position
  • Do include relevant unpaid experience
  • Do quantify your achievements
  • Do be consistent with your formatting and verb tenses
  • Do make an appointment with an employment advisor to assist you with your resume
  • Don’t lie on your resume
  • Don’t clutter your resume with too much text
  • Don’t include a vague statements
  • Don’t include personal information such as your photo, birth date, marital status, or religious beliefs

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The University of West Florida offers assistance with resumes. You can sign up with a Career Coach, explore the Career Development Guide, or check out the My Resume section of Big Interview to access a Resume Curriculum with brief video lessons and a Resume Builder.

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