A resume is a marketing tool highlighting selected academic, professional and leadership accomplishments that demonstrate a fit between you and the opportunity. It should address the needs and requirements of your targeted audience.
Avoid resume templates and tables as they often make editing more difficult. Remember, good writers revise, and a resume is a living document that is constantly revised, updated and tailored. A resume is an example of your writing skills; it should be well written, perfectly punctuated, honest and concise. Have your resume reviewed by Hiatt before submitting it or sending it to a networking contact.
Experience comes from everything you do and may include paid and unpaid work, full and part-time jobs, volunteering, campus leadership positions, athletics, academic/classroom project work, or research. Tailor your experience section for each position, including what is most relevant and related.
Tips for Getting Started
Your documents should present who you are as a candidate in a clear, concise, and compelling way that is customized for the position to which you are applying. To get started, we suggest the following:
- Format your documents using the anatomy of a resume (pdf) and the anatomy of a cover letter (pdf) as guides
- Review our interactive sample resumes (pdf) for all majors and industries
- Try out Hiration for professional-looking resumes and help to craft bullet points with an AI assistant
- Customize your own resume, using the resume blueprint (google doc) to get started
- Attend a drop-in session to meet with a Hiatt Advisor to review the first draft of your documents
- Visit the Writing Center to assist you with developing language and reviewing grammar
- Meet with a Hiatt career counselor to strategize applying to positions
- Attend workshops about resume preparation and job and internship search
Resume approval is not required when applying for the Brandeis business major. We strongly encourage all students to have their resume reviewed before submitting their applications.
- Learn more about resume formatting, view the Anatomy of a Resume Guide (pdf) and use the Interactive Resume Index (pdf) to view sample resumes, then create a resume on your own.
- Create or update your resume with Hiration, an online resume building tool to help you quickly create professional-looking resumes. Completely customize the look of your resume, check your resume score, and send your resume for review right in Hiration.
After you have a draft, make an Express Appointment with Hiatt Advisors for quick help with resume review, Handshake and other career-related questions.
- HA Express Appointments will be available throughout the Fall and Spring semesters, while classes are in session. You can schedule an appointment with a professional staff member throughout the entire calendar year.
The education section is generally the first entry on your resume. Once you’re in college, we generally stop including high school in the education section. All schools or programs should be listed in reverse chronological order by start date where the most recent activities are listed first.
Experience comes from everything you do and may include paid and unpaid work, full- and part-time jobs, volunteering, campus leadership positions, athletics, academic/classroom project work or research. Tailor your experience section for each position, including what is most relevant and related.
In addition to your education and experience, you likely have skills that are useful for the position that you are applying for. A skills section may be made up of technical or language skills, certifications or laboratory skill-related information. Avoid generic qualities like "good with people," "hard-working" or "excellent communication skills.
A portfolio is a showcase for your achievements and talents, which can be used to show samples of your work certificates, diplomas, awards, letters of commendation and so on. It is most often presented online/electronically, in a good quality binder or in a visual arts portfolio.
A portfolio allows you to expand on your resume in a comprehensive manner and concretely share your area of expertise. You can be more creative in your portfolio than you are in producing your resume and cover letter. If you create a "master portfolio," you can easily pick and choose items to customize a portfolio for a particular position.