Building the Resume

There is no exact way to write a resume, however, there are definite do’s and don’ts. The sections below present some of the most common recommendations for different sections of your resume, with tips to help build a solid resume followed by LIS resume examples to review.

Objective Statement

  • Be specific and clearly identify the position you are seeking.
  • Research the company and focus on the employer and what you can contribute, vs. describing what you hope to gain.
  • Make sure all content in the resume relates back to the objective.

Summary of Qualifications

  • Useful when you have many years of experience.
  • Highlights the best of what you have done as it relates to the position you are applying for.
  • Tailor your statements to specific job requirements and qualifications.
  • List 4-6 bullet point statements that summarize the best of what you have to offer.
  • Focus on most impressive achievements based upon the position you are applying for.
  • Examples of Summary of Qualifications Statements (also known as Highlights of Qualifications or Summary section)

Education

  • Include your current LIS degree, even if still in process, and list it first in chronological order.
  • Bold your degree, not the school attended.
  • Include the expected graduation date or date that your degree was received instead of the start date.
  • Include your GPA only if you have a 3.3 or higher.
  • Include your bachelor's degree(s) and leave off associate degrees and high school.

Relevant Coursework and Projects

  • List titles only of coursework to show familiarity with what employers want.
  • Use coursework as a way to fill up space on resume if you do not have much related work experience.
  • Consider adding related projects to this section as another way to demonstrate your experience.
  • Projects can be done individually or in groups and can include written assignments that relate to your objective and highlight your skills and experience.
  • List as many projects as you choose and include those that demonstrate a variety of relevant skills and qualifications.
  • Give each project a title and the year in which you completed it. If you are currently working on the project, include “in-progress”.
  • Develop bullet point accomplishment statements just like you would write for the Experience section.
  • Examples of Project statements.

Experience/Accomplishment Statements

  • Think BIG and include any volunteer, community service, paid or unpaid experience that demonstrates your related skills and abilities.
  • Ask yourself: "What did I accomplish in this position?" and "How does it relate to my objective?"
  • Tailor the resume to highlight your transferable skills and support your objective.
  • Clearly demonstrate what you did vs. simply listing duties or responsibilities.
  • Start each accomplishment statement with an action verb.
  • Think about WHAT you did or what you were involved in?
  • Think about HOW you performed the action. What skills did you use? These skills can be technical skills or transferable soft skills.
  • When possible, conclude with the result, outcome, or learning of your action; quantify with numbers or percentages.
  • Use similar verbiage and industry buzz words from the job description.
  • Examples of Accomplishment Statements.

Skills, Activities, Additional Information Sections (optional)

  • Mention only skills you are proficient in or very familiar with.
  • Include technical skills as well as foreign language and communication skills.
  • List professional organizations or clubs closely related to your major or career field.
  • Include activities, awards, recognition, etc. if it is current and adds value to job applying for.

Resume Examples

Each resume sample below was tailored to a specific job posting.

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