Alternate Resume Types
Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)
Software used by 80% of large companies and 50% of medium companies designed to facilitate electronic recruiting and applicant tracking.
How Can I Make the Most of ATS?
- Skills: Match your skills with keywords and language from the position description
- Spelling: Avoid errors, spell out strengths, competencies, abilities, and include industry-specific abbreviations or acronyms
- Font: Use web safe fonts (Arial/Helvetica, Times New Roman, Courier, Tahoma)
- Format: Stay away from templates, special characters and formatting; no tables, graphics, images, or PDF formats!
- Sections: Use common headers and include an Executive Summary with bullets
- Dates: Start with employer name or job title, never left align dates
- Relevancy: Target each resume and only include relevant information even though length is less critical
Qualifications or Skills
A summary of relevant strengths or skills which you want to highlight.
Listing of positions (part-time, full-time, volunteer, temporary and permanent) related to the type of work sought.
List the names of courses you have taught, institution and dates where taught, and brief course descriptions.
Include only if relevant to the position/grant for which you are applying (countries, dates, purpose)
List all relevant certifications and the year received.
Grants Applied for/Awarded
Include name of grant; granting agency; date received; title or purpose of research project.
Give bibliographic citations using the format appropriate to your particular academic discipline for books, abstracts, reviews, articles, papers, creative works, technical reports you have authored or co-authored. In fine arts areas, this can include descriptions of recitals and art exhibits.
Give titles of research papers and professional presentations using the format appropriate to your particular academic discipline; name of conference or event; dates and location; and a brief description.
List professional committees, including offices held, student groups you have supervised, or special academic projects; relevant volunteer work and community service organizations.
Cite as for grants; give major activities and relevant to professional training and research programs; characterize the subject field of inquiry.
Honors and Awards
List only those pertaining to professional training and research programs.
Memberships in national, regional, state, and local professional organizations, significant appointments to positions or committees, student memberships are appropriate. If offices are held, note title of the office and dates of incumbency.
If you served in the military, you have developed a whole different way of talking, writing and explaining what you did while serving. And, most civilians will be totally confused and not understand what you did in the military.
How Can I Translate My Military Skills To Civilian Terms?
It's important to use key words like key words from your military experience that will attract employer's attentions such as:
- Work well under pressure
International resume and employers place a big emphasis on your personality - including your cultural competence, and how well you will be able to work and thrive in an international environment. It's important to not only highlight your professional personality, but emphasize your cross cultural skills, and addressing your international experiences as strengths.
What Sections Should I Include on my International Resume?
- Courses with international focus
- Class projects - stress working as a team, project outcome and any multi-cultural environment
- Cross-cultural international experiences in North America or abroad
- Volunteer experiences
- Clubs and organizations
Keep in mind that unlike a U.S. resume, international resumes may require you to list your name, social security number, age, marital status and family dependents. Be sure to follow the specific employer instructions for each international application.
Academic portfolios assess learning over the course of your college career. These may include reflections on experiences (e.g. study abroad, volunteer service), graded writing from first year through senior year, general professor feedback on assignments, and more. It shows growth of skills and learning within an academic context.
Professional portfolios reflect your best work, meeting the needs and standards of an industry/employer.