How to make sure your resume won’t get overlooked:

What should and shouldn’t be on your resume? 

Sometimes when starting your resume you find yourself unsure or worried to put the wrong content. This idea isn’t uncommon and often is a concern by people at all levels. No matter if you’re a freshman or senior there is always room to improve on your first impression at a potential employer.

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Outlined below is a  high level checklist of what most resumes should have. There is always exceptions to rules but this is a good starting off point for either someone starting their first resume or looking to improve your existing resume.

Full name

  • First, Middle, Last

Contact Info

  • Email (try to use your school email or another email that you check frequent)
  • Phone number


  • Full College/University name
  • Degree Pursuing
  • Cumulative GPA
  • Major GPA (recommended if it is as good or higher than cumulative GPA

Work Experience

  • Name of company/organization
  • Title you held (Engineering Intern)
  • Duration of this experience (example: June 2018 – August 2018)
  • Bullet points of what you did during this experience (See below for more info)

  For each particular experience make sure you out: 

  1. What action you did ( use action verbs like designed, fabricated, etc..)
  2. How you did this action (include specific skills, example: used autocad to..)
  3. What was the result of this action (include metrics if possible)

Leadership/Organization Experience

  • Name of club/organization (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers)
  • Title you held (Chapter president)
  • Duration of experience
  • Bullet points of what you did during this experience

Remember resumes can be subjective things and some companies may ask for specific information not detailed here but always be looking out for others to review your resume and take their advice where you feel it’s needed.


Please feel free to comment with any questions or suggestions.

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