A resume is a summary of your relevant experiences and skills. It serves as your written presentation during the job search. The resume will stimulate organizations to request an interview, where you can elaborate on your background, experiences and skills.
Each person's resume is unique. While there are various layouts and styles to use for a resume, there are basic guidelines you should always follow. You want it to be easy to read, highlighting pertinent information for the reader. You should focus on achievements and accomplishments. When writing, use action words within your descriptions.
Check out additional tips in the Resume Checklist
To have your resume or cover letter critiqued, bring it to a Walk-In or set up an appointment with a Career Counselor through Handshake.Attention Sophomores: As part of the Sophomore Plan you will create a one page resume draft and upload it to Handshake following the instructions below. Once you upload your resume draft, a LILAC/CPD staff member will review it and provide thoughts and suggestions. Your resume and checklist will be returned to you before the end of the semester. The feedback provided is for future reference as you continue to build your resume.
- Login to Handshake – https://brynmawr.joinhandshake.com/
- If you have not logged in before, complete your profile – this is important so you get customized recommendations for jobs/internships, events and resources
- To upload your resume, click on your name in the top right and select “Documents”
- Click “Add New Document”
- Name your document with your last name, first name and sophomore resume in this format – LastName_FirstName_Sophomore Resume. You can upload multiple resumes in Handshake so this will ensure we review the appropriate one.
- Make sure Document Type is Resume
Sample Resume #1: "May Dae" Bryn Mawr College student, science major with 360 experience
Sample Resume #2: "Brynn Ford" Bryn Mawr College student interested in education with study abroad experience
Sample Resume #3: "Lloyd Hall" Haverford College student, Double Major: Economics and International Relations; Concentration in Mathematical Economics
Sample Resume #4: "Merion Rhoads" Bryn Mawr College student, Major: Psychology at Haverford. Minor: Economics.
Sample Resume #5: "Rhys Carpenter" Bryn Mawr College student, Major: Chemistry
Sample Resume #6: "Taylor Hall" Bryn Mawr College student, Major: Biology with Honors, Concentration: Neural & Behavior Sciences, Minor: French.
A cover letter is a great chance to connect the dots for the reader and let them know essentials like how you found out about this opportunity, why you are interested in it and why you’d be a good fit for the industry/organization/position. It is also a great place to concisely show the employer your written communication skills. Because it shows your direct connection and framing to each unique employer and position, it is best to write a fresh cover letter each time. Make sure to proofread!
For more tips review the Cover Letter Guide
Contact the CPD for assistance in learning how to create and refine this persuasive tool.
Sample Cover Letters
Sample Cover Letter #1: Mary Jane Smith, Bryn Mawr College Math major