Resume Help

General Resume Advice:

  • Use your Cal Poly email address or a professional-looking gmail/outlook address. Do not include unprofessional usernames.

  • Recent research from TalentWorks found that applicants are nearly five times more likely to score an interview if they send an electronic application in between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.

  • Do not include an objective or summary section. This takes up white space that could be used for better things.

  • Unless you have over ten years of experience, limit it to one page.

  • You do not need to include your full address. "City, State" will be good enough.

  • Save your resume as "FirstName LastName Resume" . Never submit it with "(Project Management)" or "Final" or "2019" or anything else in the file name.

  • If emailing your resume, always submit it as a PDF, never as a Word doc. You never know how wonky a Word doc will look on someone else's machine. If uploading to an online application that uses resume parsing software, you can upload the Word doc as well or if it's required to do so.

  • Try to read it in 10 seconds or less and see what you take away from it. That's about the initial screen time before someone makes an initial up/down decision, so you'll want to examine it from that perspective.

  • Interests are important because it gives the interviewer something to connect with you on, and it makes you more than just a faceless resume.

  • Cal Poly’s Handshake and Glassdoor are great tools for finding career opportunities.

Downloadable Resume Template

Example Resumes

Resume Cheat Sheet

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