There is no one “right” way to write a resume. Remember that everyone’s resume is different. Use the tips and tricks below to get started.

Purpose of a Resume

Resumes secure interviews, not jobs! Think of your résumé as your golden ticket to an interview with a prospective employer. It’s one of the best marketing tools you can use in your job or internship search. Simply put, a resume is a professional summary of you, your personal, educational, and experiential qualifications as they relate to the position you are seeking.


As stressful as resumes may seem, its appearance is important. An employer may only look at your resume for 15-30 seconds. You must strategically and effectively write it to communicate your message.

Quick Résumé Formatting Guide


Feeling stuck and want to look at a few sample résumé? Check out Vault or view some of our sample résumés below.

How to Write A Resume (Video)

Transferrable Skills

Give yourself some credit! Transferrable skills are valuable in any field. They are what employers look for when searching for interns and new hires that will set you apart.

Examples of Transferrable Skills

  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Sense of self
  • Teamwork
  • Social responsibility

Tip: Start tracking your skills so when it comes time to put them on your resume and work on interviewing skills, you’ll be prepared!

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Helpful Resources:

Northeastern’s Guide to Highlighting Transferable Skills

Indeed’s Guide to Transferable Skills on the Resume and Cover Letter

NACE Career Readiness Competencies