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GCS Newsletter: Rewrite Your Resume

Greetings from Graduate Career Services (GCS) in the Office of Graduate Studies! Many of you will be starting your job searches before spring graduation, and now is a great time to whip your resume into shape. In this newsletter, get advice in "Get Your Resume to the Top of the Pile in Seven Steps" and then combine these tips with the following resources highlighted on the right-hand side.

  • Check out the career tips from DU-Alumni on how to land your dream job.
  • RSVP to the first two GCS workshops of the spring quarter.
  • Explore the featured job postings in Pioneer Careers.
  • Ask a career counselor for feedback before the DU Non-Profit and Government Career Fair on April 17. Don't wait until the week before the fair...make an appointment today!

Save the Date!
*DU NON-PROFIT & GOVERNMENT CAREER & INTERNSHIP FAIR* Wednesday, April 17 from 2-5pm in the Gates Field House.

Please visit the GCS Website to learn more about Graduate Career Services.

The GCS Team


1. Tailor your resume to each job.  Having a master version of your resume with all of your previous experiences listed can make it easy to create a tailored resume for each job you want to apply for. Your resume should show the employer your relevant experiences rather than a summary of everything you've ever done.

2. Use language from the job description.  When tailoring your resume, include language from the job description in your bullet points. This tells the employer that you understand the culture of their organization and can speak their language.  Check out ways to find relevant keywords for your industry! 

3. Feature your accomplishments. In addition to outlining your job duties, don't forget to highlight your achievements. Ask yourself, how did you benefit the organization? What projects or innovations did you contribute? And what happened as a result?

4. Use numbers to show results. Quantifying your experiences can make a powerful statement about your skills and capabilities and draw attention to your application. For instance, "Increased sales by 20%," or "Managed 15 employees" shows the reader the scope of your achievements beyond your actual responsibilities. Not sure what to quantify? Start here

5. Keep it short. As tempting as it is to include your lengthy volunteer history and the awards from undergrad or even high school, brevity is key. Your resume should be one page, unless you are applying for academic jobs or have ten plus years of experience, in which case you may need to submit a lengthier CV or resume. Sign up for a CV or resume workshop for grad students!

6. Use power verbs to show your actions. Choosing the right verbs and varying them can make the difference between communicating that you are a proactive, successful applicant or a mediocre worker. Check out this list of resume action verbs, broken down by different skills.

7. Get feedback. Whether you ask friends, family, and your instructors or make an appointment with a graduate career counselor, asking for constructive criticism on your resume can be invaluable. Use this short checklist to see how you measure up.