Resume Guide (Graphical)

Jan 08, 2017

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Resume Guide


This represents tips and tricks gathered from past and present members of the You’re Next Career Network. Use this as a general guide to start and improve your resume, but remember that your resume is something unique to a person, and in some cases, the advice given may not apply

Why Should I Care?

Your resume is not just a required document for a job application; your resume is the first impression you will leave on employers (or second if you actually met with them first). Either way it is your first real opportunity to convince them why they should hire you

General Tips and Tricks

  • Every word you write is entirely dependent on the job that you are applying for! This means researching the company and reading the job description for skills to emphasize certain skills. Be sure to always personalize every resume you send out
  • If this is the first time you’re writing a resume, you likely don’t have all your past experiences in a nice database. Take a minute and write out a list of all your previous jobs, club positions, projects, volunteer opportunities, etc
  • It may be wise to try to keep your resume to 1 page. Most students do not have enough experience to fill 2 pages with relevant material. Keep the attention on your highlights!
  • On average, recruiters skim over your resume in 6 seconds. Ask yourself: If only 3 lines will be read, am I okay with this line being one of them?
  • Make sure your resume is read-able, and not huge blocks of text.
  • Blank space is valuable because it makes the resume easier to read, and highlights your important points
  • Save your resume in PDF form to prevent formatting errors on different computers

Do's and Don'ts

  • Research the company and job description to see what are some common skills/type of people they look for. Rewrite your bullets to emphasize those traits.
  • Be Concise. Enough said – no one wants to read a novel (Overall length typically 1 or 2 pages).
  • Don’t be afraid to add colour and personalize. It not only helps your resume stand out, but also adds personality.
  • Go beyond writing about your responsibilities. Employers would rather see where you took initiative on a project and went beyond expectations.
  • Brag a little!
  • Use slang. Always be professional in a resume.
  • Include everything. It is not a CV; you only need to include experiences relevant to your position.
  • Skip the fluff. As much as having “good communication skills” is important, it is better if that is proven (through your experiences and the way your resume is written) rather than told.
  • Lie. EVER. The quick lie of knowing how to code might get you an interview, but it will definitely not get you past the interview. It is better to just admit you don’t know how to do something.

Sample Resume

Your Name

Contact Information: email address, phone number, linkedin url


University of Toronto (Class of 20XX)

Bachelor of Applied Science in ______________ Engineering


Microsoft Office, Computer programming in C, Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, etc.

Skills in programs that the company uses are great in showing the employer that they don't have to spend extra time to train you.



Company Name, Ttile (Date)

  • Talk about your experiences here
  • If the experience is not engineering related, try to emphasize transferable skills, like leadership, initiative, and teamwork.
  • Try using the CAR model. For each bullet point, present the Context of the situation, Actions you took to solve that particular problem, and the Resuls of your action.
  • Also try the STAR model. Similarly, present the Situation, your Task at hand, your specific Actions, and the Results on those actions for each bullet point.



Company Name, Ttile (Date)

  • No work experience? No problem! Volunteer positons have just as much of an impact in showing your transferable skills and initiatives. If you're a first year, remember that most of your classmates won't have had engineering experience either.
  • Again, try to emphasize your transferable skills and really use that to explain why you are suitable for the job you're applying to. Ex. Created a ________ in two month can show that you are a quick learner.



School Club, Role (Date)

  • Employers love to see involvement in other activities beside school. Be sure not to leave these out. If you're going for a job in an industry where experiences are key, having participated in a design team can be the perfect outstanding factor.


Project Name, Role (Date)

  • School projects do wonders in showing potential employers what skills you have already exercised and learned through your studies.
  • Try to emphasize what made your project successful and outline the impact of your design or the decisions you made.
  • Personal projects like creating your own website or app are also great to put on your resume. Remember you are not limited to whats typically written.


  • Show off a little here!
  • It can be in academics, arts, sports, etc. Accompany each award with a short description if needed.


Quick one-liner on your interests that employers can use to connect with you.

Remember you are not limited to the topics covered on this sample resume!