Total Duration:

  • Approx. 2 hour

Estimated times:

  • Read time: 15 minutes
  • Work time: 2 hours

Contents:

  1. Getting started
  2. Resume outline
  3. Completion checklist

THe purpose of a resume

A resume exists to help you obtain an interview, and hence it’s important that you present resume to communicate that you have the basic qualifications to do the job. 

 

About this guide

This guide will inform you on basic resume structure and expectations, as well as explain some basic formatting. Afterwards, we provide a quick check-list to facilitate your final drafting process. We assume you have a basic understanding of what a resume is and hence, this document is meant to enhance your resume.
If you completed the previous guide, you should have a good idea of what the employer is looking for. You should also have some accomplishment statements ready to create a draft resume. Given it’s importance, we recommend that you complete the previous guide “Before you start” if you haven’t already. 

GETTING STARTED

> DRAFTING

> Following our resume outline below, create a text-only draft of your resume based off your accomplishment statements.
+ Microsoft word or Google docs are reasonable choices, though they might become difficult to design and format in detail. It’s best used to draft your content.

> DESIGNING

> With your text draft, format your resume to appear aesthetic and professional.
> Review our checklist to guide you through basic formatting requirements.
+ Canva (canva.com) is a quick and easy way to format your resume once you have a plan. It has a minimal learning curve with an intuitive User Interface.

+ TEMPLATES

+ Using a pre-existing template is a good way to start, but make sure you’re editing the template to match your resume, and not the other way around.
+ Personalize your design as much as possible. Don’t risk submitting a resume that looks the same as others.

RESUME OUTLINE

Use the outline and guidelines below to draft your resume content

General GUIDELINES

  • Length: We ask that all resumes stay within 1 page, such to focus on the most important experiences. Other organizations may accept up to two pages – reach out to double check if you’re uncertain.
  • Font: Body text should be either 11pt or 12pt, with different headers and titles being larger (or bolded) to allow for easy navigation. You should also use a professional font that’s uniform across your resume and cover letter. Standard fonts include {Ariel, Veranda, Cambria}
  • Order (of importance): Order chronologically by when your involvement ended. If you’re still doing something, put it at the top!
  • Descriptions: About 3 – 5 points per experience or involvement should be sufficient. Try to focus on summarizing the most important information.

SECTIONS OF A RESUME

  • Header: Include your name and contact information.
  • Skills: Provide a summary and/or list of your competencies, as your experiences can support. Any IT, Design, or specific leadership skills should be stated here.
  • Experiences: Give us a bullet point list of your most recent/relevant experiences and how you demonstrated your skills. Remember, RichMUN requests that you keep your resume limited to 1 page, so write every word with a purpose!
  • Education: We already know you’re in high school, so knowing your education isn’t a priority for us. Place a mention of your school and grade near the bottom so we can find it if needed.
  • References: Placing your references is no longer standard place. If we need them, we’ll ask you for them, so save space and omit this section.

COMPLETION CHECKLIST

Use the check list below to help guide your design and final edits.

FORMATTING

  • My resume is within 1 page.
  • I used matching document headers for my Cover letter and resume.
  • I used line spacing consistently.
  • I used bold and underlined text consistently for my section titles/headers.
  • I used a type 11 or 12-point font size for my body/content text.
  • I included months (abbreviated consistently) describing the duration of my involvement.

CONTENT:

  • I checked and edited my sentence structure to avoid using too many “I” statements.
  • I checked that my abbreviations/contractions are consistent “I’m” vs “I am”.
  • I checked that I wrote clearly and intelligently, avoiding using unnecessary jargon
  • I checked the grammar and punctuation on my resume.
  • I included the job title, the organization/team’s name, and the duration of your involvement.
  • I included clear accomplishment statements in my descriptions.
  • I described my results using quantitative measures as much as possible.
  • I start each bullet point with a past tense verb, unless I’m still involved.