Resume Guidelines




A resume is a marketing tool designed to get you an interview. 


It highlights your skills and competencies and is formatted in a clear and concise manner. 


\It should demonstrate your ability to communicate professionally.  Information included in your resume should stimulate questions and interest at the interview. 


A resume is not a narrative of your life story.  It is a snapshot of your qualifications and experiences aimed at a specific audience.  Employers typically spend 15 seconds scanning your resume before they decide if it gets a thorough reading. 


A resume is an employer’s first impression of you; therefore, it must be accurate, attractive and thought-provoking.   


A Career Management Center Approved Resume

To market you best to employers, the CMC has a few guidelines to follow to ensure an approved resume:

  1. Unless you have extensive work experience, keep your resume to one page.
  2. List Tulane University and the A. B. Freeman School of Business first in your EDUCATION section of your resume. 
  3. When listing your Freeman and/or major GPA, you must include the number of courses that have been calculated for that GPA and list your cumulative GPA. 
  4. You must have completed at least 3 courses to list your Freeman and/or major GPA.  Example: Finance GPA:  5 (5 courses), Cumulative GPA: 3.4


Resume Tips

  • Be sure to highlight the following information: schools attended, degrees received, employer names, and your job titles
  • Target your resume to specific jobs, industries, or audiences
  • Begin accomplishment statements with action verbs
  • Quantify results (numbers, percentages, dollars) e.g., created efficiencies which resulted in a savings of over $3000, increased revenues by 26%, decreased expenditures by 30 %
  • Make sure you use a professional email; don’t include your address
  • List all awards, honors, and other recognition received for your achievements
  • Be sure the look of the resume is aesthetically pleasing (centered on the page, easy-to-read font, appropriate spacing, use of bullets in job descriptions)
  • Proofread!  Proofread!  Proofread! –then have someone else proofread it again!


Resume Don’ts

  • Use first person  - it is YOUR resume, so the “I” is understood
  • Exaggerate, you will be asked about your accomplishments in an interview
  • Use unusual/colored paper, photographs or hard to read fonts.  
  • Include personal data such as age, height, marital status. 

Resume Samples