BRAINSTORM EXPERIENCE

The purpose of your resume is to get an interview. In thirty seconds or less, most employers decide whether or not to consider applicants for employment, so your resume's content must be CLEAR, CONCISE, and COMPELLING.

Begin the resume writing process by jotting down EVERY position or experience you've had. Here's a list of example experiences to help you brainstorm:

  • Organizations to which you've belonged
  • Leadership positions
  • Volunteer experiences
  • Special class projects
  • Awards
  • Languages you speak
  • Computer skills
  • Special interests or hobbies
  • Travel/study abroad
  • Anything else significant

KEEP IN MIND: Not all of your experiences are likely to be included in your final version, but a running list can help you craft and tailor a resume for any opportunity. 

Then, break down each position you held into the CORE 4:

THE CORE 4 EXAMPLE #1 EXAMPLE #2 EXAMPLE #3
Company Name Mochas & Javas Purdue Science Student Council Silver Cross Hospital
Position Held Barista Treasurer Volunteer
Month/Year of Start & Finish January 2011 - May 2013 January 2013 - December 2013 May 2010 - August 2010
City & State/Country Austin, TX West Lafayette, IN Joliet, IN