Building the Resume
While there is no exact way to write a resume, 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.
- Be specific and clearly identify the position you are seeking.
- Research the company. 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.
- Highlight 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)
- Include your current LIS degree, even if still in process, and list it first in chronological order. If your degree is in process, say so – don’t list the end date as if you had already achieved it.
- 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 Courses and Projects
- List titles only of courses.
- Use related 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.”
- If a project is available online, include a url – ideally a shortened url. See https://goo.gl/ or http://tinyurl.com/
- Develop bullet point accomplishment statements just as in the Experience section.
- Examples of Project 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 technology and 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, etc. if they are current and add value to the job you are applying for.
Each resume sample below was tailored to a specific job posting.
- Entry-level Archivist
- Medical Librarian Intern
- Recent Grad 1
- Entry-level Reference Librarian
- Recent Grad 2