Common Questions About Your Resume

Find the answers to the most common resume questions.

Q: What is the purpose of a resume?

A: Your resume serves as a guide to your personality, goals, skill sets, and experience. A resume can determine whether you'll get an interview or not. Your resume needs to have the following:

  • A concise statement that conveys what sort of job you want. Some experts recommend that instead of just stating an objective, you might include a resume profile, which describes how your main qualifications match the job for which you are applying.
  • Relevant personal data such as name and contact information.
  • A list of your accomplishments, using active verbs and emphasizing results.
  • Specifics that are important to you (volunteer activity, affiliations with clubs and service organizations, etc.).
  • Work history (include internships, part-time work, etc.).
  • Educational background.
  • Statement about the availability of references.

Q: Does my resume have to be one page?

A: It's best in most cases, but it's not the most important issue. Focus instead on making sure your resume reflects all of the important components (objectives, goals, employment history and experience, skill sets, etc.). While recruiters do read a lot of resumes, remember that your resume is the only thing they receive that paints a picture of who you are and what you can do.

Q: Is it necessary that I have an objective?

A: For years, this was considered a standard part of the resume. However, that's changing. You can convey the same information in a more targeted way by including a resume profile, that is a statement matching your qualifications to the job.

Here is a sample resume profile to help you get started:

  • A good writer/proofreader and sports editor of the high school newspaper seeks a tutoring position in the writing lab, where this skill set and ability to explain things clearly will improve student outcomes.

Q: Do I need to have several different resumes to reflect different fields I might want to go into?

A: Yes, we recommend that you have a general resume that you can customize for different jobs. The more you can customize your resume, the better. Recruiters will appreciate your narrowing the focus of your resume.

Q: I've had several internships, but not full-time paid employment. Should I list my internships on my resume?

A: Absolutely. Regardless of whether or not your internships were paid, they still gave you an opportunity to develop your skill sets and learn.