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Resume Writing

Let the Office of Career Services put the re-sume (ri-zoom) back into RESUME. You are invited to attend a variety of job readiness workshops throughout the semester or make an appointment for individual help with your resume. For an appointment with the career counselor call the office at 724-983-2844 or email hmf1@psu.edu.


Job Preparedness Workshops:

  • Writing an Effective Resume
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Creating a Striking Cover Letter
  • Winning Interview Skills
  • Creating a Polished Job Portfolio
  • Interview Etiquette
  • On-line Etiquette

For a current workshop and career event schedule go to http://www.events.psu.edu/ and select campuses and click on Shenango.


Career Fairs

Students and alumni are encouraged to take advantage of the many career fairs that are hosted in our region throughout the academic year. Visit the office of Career Services, Sharon Hall 201 and learn about the many opportunities that are available to you.

The largest job fair in the Pittsburgh region for college students and alumni is the WestPACS Job and Internship Fair. The office of Career Services provides transportation to Penn State Shenango students who would like to attend the WestPACS job fair located in the Monroeville Convention Center. The WestPACS job fair is scheduled in the Fall and Spring semesters. For more information about WestPACS go to http://www.westpacs.org/.


To be job ready, you will need a professional resume that will convey career direction, value, and skills. You must be able to send this message to your reader (potential employer) in 20 seconds or less.

There isn’t a consensus as to what makes a good resume, but a well-organized and attractive resume will have a greater advantage for further consideration.

The 101 on Resume Writing:

  1. Gather all diplomas, certificates, awards and important documents that attest to your accomplishments educationally, professionally and personally.
  2. Chronologically write down all the jobs you held from present to past. Include the titles of the various jobs, company names, addresses, dates of employment, and duties of each position.
  3. List volunteer work including school related activities: clubs, organizations and affiliations and type of membership. Also, include special projects and your role in each.
  4. List the internships, practicums or co-ops that you have participated in and the duties that you performed. Include your job title, company name, address, dates and/or hours of service.
  5. List courses that you have taken, highlighting those that relate to your career objective.
  6. Share this information with a family member or friend and ask if there is anything else that you are missing. You may be surprised by the insight of others in response to your life’s achievements.
  7. There are different perspectives on whether career objectives are outdated on a resume. Just as a thesis statement is necessary for a composition; an objective, a professional brand, or a summary is necessary when crafting a resume to provide direction and focus. Write your objective, branding, or summary statement that best describes your occupational interests and/or accomplishments in reference to the job you are applying. Once you have a clear and crisp statement of your employment value you are now ready to piece your resume together..
  8. The information that you put in the body of your resume should ultimately support your professional statement .
  9. If you have a series of related jobs, you may choose a chronological resume format listing positions from present to past. However, if you have strong skill sets, but the positions you held are not directly related to your career objective, you may opt to write your resume in a functional format. The functional resume gives the potential employer an opportunity to view you in the role of your professional objective, rather than in the role of the position last held.
  10. Use the language that is understood in your area of interest. Use the cues from the job announcement and occupational information when describing your duties. Also, keep your resume in past tense and use action words when describing duties performed. Phrases are acceptable and never use first person.


For more resume information go to the Penn State Career Guide .

Penn State Graduate Student Career Guide