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Resume writing can be a stressful and overwhelming task at times. Keep in mind the reader of your resume will be looking at several resumes.  Make sure yours stands out from the rest.  In this section you will find general tips, layout suggestions and sample resume and cover letters.  If you do not find what you need, please contact us in Career Services for additional assistance.  We are here to help!

General Resume Tips

  • Keep it to one page.  Be brief but have sufficient information.
  • Consistency and clarity are key in formatting a resume.
  • Utilize strong action verbs to begin your bullet points, but vary your word choice.
  • Tailor your resume to each position.
  • Think of results and accomplishments and insert them where appropriate.
  • Emphasize your unique skills.
  • Make your resume stand out—use a personalized heading, bold and italics, lines, etc.
  • Print your resume on high-quality paper.
  • Keep your resume up-to-date with experiences, accomplishments, GPA, etc.
  • Have your resume reviewed by a professional or someone in Career Services.
  • Always have an updated default resume on Spartan Career Link.

Resume Sections

  • Contact Information (Required)
  • Objective (Optional)
  • Education (Required)
  • Honors (Optional)
  • Relevant Courses (Optional)
  • Experience (Required)
  • Leadership, Activities, and Service (Optional)
  • Skills (Required)
  • Interests (Optional)

A selection of sample resumes can be found here

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Sherry McAdams
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Phone: 864-503-5393 

Kristen Bryant Perry
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Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5392
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