Resume FAQs

Do I have to include both my home/permanent and school/current addresses?

While it’s not mandatory, consider including both if it makes it easier for the employer to reach you.

Can I use abbreviations?

In general, we recommend only abbreviating state names. If you do choose to abbreviate any industry-specific terms, make sure your style is consistent and abbreviate the same items throughout the document. If you’re not sure if an abbreviation will be known, err on the safe side and spell it out.

Should I include an objective on my resume?

In general, we recommend instead that you use a profile, highlights, or a summary of qualifications. If you’re applying for a specific job and have an accompanying cover letter, an objective is not necessary since it serves a similar purpose as the cover letter. If you do choose to use an objective, make sure it’s specific, stating what type of position you’re seeking, what level (entry-level, management, etc.), and what skills you bring to the position.

What if I am interested in several types of jobs?

Consider creating more than one resume and using the most appropriate version when applying for a given job. If you’re pursuing more than one position within the same organization, it’s best to use the same resume.

Should I include my high school information?

Generally, freshmen can include high school as well as high school activities if they choose. Sophomore, juniors, and seniors do not need to include their high school or activities prior to college unless something strongly supports their career objective or is relevant for a specific position to which they are applying.

How do I determine which job duties to describe first?

Begin with the tasks most relevant to the internship or job you are seeking and that demonstrate the highest level of skill.

How detailed should my descriptions be?

Be thorough but concise. Include information that demonstrates a level of responsibility and/or is related to your career goal. In particular, we recommend you include any results or outcomes that demonstrate your contributions or value to the organization. Include quantifiable information when possible. Omit information that is an obvious part of the job (such as “used the cash register” for a store clerk).

I’m involved with political and religious organizations; should I include them?

This is a personal decision. There might be a risk that this information could hurt your candidacy, although we would hope not. It’s important, however, to be true to yourself, and proud of your affiliations. Ultimately, it’s up to you. Of course, if the information clearly supports your career goals, you should include it.

I am an international student with permission to work in the United States. Should I include that information on my resume?

If you are a foreign-born U.S. citizen or have permanent residency status, that information should be included on your resume. If you’re here on a student visa, it’s more appropriate to discuss your visa status in the interview.