Résumé Content

Name, address, telephone, email address, website

All of your contact information should be at the top of your résumé

  • Avoid nicknames.
  • Use a permanent address (like your parent's or a family member's address) so if you move after graduation correspondences will still reach you.
  • Use a permanent telephone number and include the area code. If you have an answering machine or voice mail, record a neutral, professional message.
  • If you are including an email address, choose one that looks professional like your SVSU email address.
  • Include your website address only if the web page reflects your professional ambitions or accomplishments, like your Linkedin profile.

Objective Statement or Experience Summary

An objective should not only indicate the type of work you hope to do, but also emphasize the skills you will bring to the employer. Similarly, an experience summary emphasizes how prepared you are for the position's responsibilities.

  • Be specific about the job you want tailored to the employer. (i.e. "To obtain the position of Executive Store Intern at Target and apply my unique experience in sales and management to the Target corporation.")


New graduates without a lot of work experience should list their educational information first. Alumni with a lot of applicable experience can list it after the work experience section.

  • Your most recent educational information should be listed first.
  • Include the institution attended, your degree (i.e., Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, etc.), major(s) and minor(s)
  • Add your grade point average if it is higher than a 3.0.
  • Note academic honors.

Work Experience

Briefly give the employer an overview of work that has taught you transferable skills. Use action words to describe your on-the-job accomplishments and skills. Write your work experience in reverse chronological order - that is, put your last or current job first and work backward to your first relevant job. Include:

  • Name of organization and location of work (city & state)
  • Title of position held
  • Dates of employment
  • Transferable skills and accomplishments in bulleted statements

Other Information

A staff member at Career Services can advise you on other information to add to your résumé. You may want to consider the following sections:

  • Special skills or competencies - especially those that set you apart from your competitors
  • Leadership experience in volunteer organizations
  • Participation in sports
  • Internships and co-op positions


Though references do not go on your résumé, they are important for the job application process. Ask people if they are willing to serve as references before you give their names, titles, and telephone numbers to a potential employer. When listing reference information, it is best to provide multiple media for contact; telephone, mail, and e-mail.

Additional assistance with résumé creation is available in our Online Tutorials!