SUU Career Center

"I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for helping with my resume. I asked my boss why I got the job. Well her explanation was that a lot of people that were qualified had applied, but she was more impressed with my resume than any of theirs because it was tailored to this specific job. I had no experience, and this wasn't my “wheel house” of work, but she loved that I made such a huge effort to make my experience work with what they needed. I honestly owe all of that to you, so thank you for everything you have taught me about resumes and for basically constructing that specific one from the ground up. THANK YOU - THANK YOU - THANK YOU."

Karlee M. (SUU, Masters of Public Administration, Class of 2019)

Resume Building Documents

How to Write a Resume - Packet
Resume Template

Resume Checklist

Required Sections:


  • Make sure your name stands out by bolding and making it larger
  • Include things such as your phone number, address, email address, or Linkedin profile, etc...(Does not need to include all of these)
  • Make sure your email address is professional sounding

Qualification Summary:

  • Use 4-6 bullet points to highlight why your are a good fit for the job
  • Professional summary of qualifications
  • Make sure to use action verbs


  • Include your degree before your school
  • Include graduation date even if it is in the future
  • Optional items to include: GPA, related courses, academic achievements


  • List experience in reverse chronological order
  • Include job title, company name, dates of employment, and location
  • Make sure to describe accomplishments and relevant skills
  • Use the PARQ rule:
    • P: Start each bullet with a Power verb
    • A: State the Action you took
    • R: Show the Results (how you made a difference, who you helped)
    • Q: Quantify with numbers
    • Example:
      • WEAK: Assisted with marketing events
      • BETTER: Marketed 3 campus-wide events to 11,000 students
      • STRONG: Increased awareness of global soccer culture by marketing 3 campus-wide events to 11,000 students

Optional Sections:

Relevant Skills:

  • List skills that would be an asset in the field that you are applying for
  • Include expertise in specific skills if appropriate

Leadership/Volunteer Experience:

  • List skills gained that would be an asset in the field that you are applying for

General Guidelines:

  • Use the same margins on all 4 sides (Recommended 1” x 1”)
  • Usually not longer than one page for students and recent graduates
  • Use one legible Serif font throughout (ex. Times New Roman, Century)
  • Make sure that important information stands out
  • Bring your resume to the Career Center for review