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First impressions count, and the first impression that a potential employer will have of you is going to depend on how you present your resume.  It is your professional "snapshot". The average employer only spends a few seconds looking at a resume, so it is imperative that it makes an impression. In this increasingly competitive job market you need to have a professional resume that contains the right information, so that it will stand out.  Take the time to do your resume right! Creating a resume is a process; don't expect a perfect resume on your first try.

 Quick Tips

The design of your résumé must highlight and draw the eye toward the most important information about your work experience, specific skills and education

    •     Use a font size of 10-14 points
    •     Use non-decorative typefaces
    •     Choose one typeface and stick to it
    •     Avoid italics, script, and underlined words
    •     Do not use horizontal or vertical lines, graphics, or shading
    • Keep it current! List your most recent accomplishments so the interviewer knows what you are capable of doing now
    • Proofread, proofread, proofread; ensure there are no grammatical errors
    • Don't be modest! This is your chance to shine, you are competing for this position!

 On-Campus Resume Support

Fresno State Career Services provides in-person support, mini-presentations, and resume samples to assist you in your resume preparation.  Additionally, the center provides a free, web-based resume development and tutorial tool, called OptimalResume. With OptimalResume, you can quickly and easily create, format, and manage up to 5 resumes in several downloadable formats, including Word Compatible, Plain Text, PDF, and a website. You can even submit your resume for review by one of their trained Career Counselors