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  • Focus on a specific internship, job or career field. If you know what you want you will be able to communicate your relevant experience, education, skills and qualities. If you are unsure about your career direction, contact the Career Center for guidance.
  • Identify "Keyword" Employers will often scan résumé into a database and conduct a search using key words relevant to the position or organization. Read the position description, identify the qualifications you match, and include these words on your résumé. You will increase the chances of your résumé coming up in a search result.
  • Describe your transferable skills and qualities. Employers seek candidates with good communication skills as well as other transferable skills and qualities, such as attention to detail and teamwork. These are skills you have gained through a variety of situations: coursework, internships and jobs, volunteering work and campus activities.

Example of transferable Skills and Qualities

  • Communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Strong work ethic
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Teamwork skills (works well with others)
  • Motivation and initiative
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Computer skills
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Interpersonal skills (relates well to others)
  • Detail oriented
  • Organizational skills
  • Leadership skills

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