Resume Writing Tips
  • Limit your resume to one or two pages maximum.
  • Remember to always give specific examples of accomplishments, skills, and results.
  • Start sentences with action verbs followed by descriptive words.
  • Proofread carefully for spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors.
  • Make sure verb tenses are correct. Present tense for current jobs, past tense for past jobs.
  • Use traditional fonts sized 10-12 points.
  • Keep your resume free of vertical and horizontal lines, graphics, color, italics, and columns.
  • Do not include references on your resume. Keep them on a separate page and a “References Provided” statement is not necessary at the bottom of your resume.

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.


  • 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 your related 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.

Work Experience

  • Think big and include any volunteer, community service, paid or unpaid experience that can demonstrate your related skills and abilities.
  • Tailor the resume to highlight your transferable skills and support your objective.
  • Ask yourself: "What did I accomplish in this position?" and "How does that relate to my objective?" after each statement.
  • Quantify your experience whenever possible. Cite specific examples of things you accomplished.
  • Research buzz words the company uses to describe their ideal candidate. Think about how your work experience has taught you these skills. Then, use those words in your resume.

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.

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