Professional title

This may be your current job title, degree title or any professional title that you feel best relates to your skill set.

e.g. Web Developer, Nurse, Project Manager.

Cover image

While most viewers will focus on your profile photo and title, your cover photo is one more way to brand yourself. Here are some tips to make the right impression:

  • Use a photo that represents your field.
  • Have you visited someplace unusual? Use a photo from one of your excursions.
  • Create a photo collage using several important pictures.

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Profile photo

When people look at your profile, the first thing they’ll see is your picture, so it’s essential that you make a positive first impression. You’ll want to appear professional but approachable, and make sure your “look” matches your personality.

  • Dress according to your profession.
  • Make sure your face takes up at least 60% of the frame.
  • Smile like you mean it.
  • Choose a background that isn’t distracting.

Recommended dimensions of 250x250
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One line pitch

Your pitch better be good. It is your ‘foot in the door’, and you only get one chance. Try to answer these two questions in one sentence: What do you do? Why should someone care?

Use 8th Grade Vocabulary: No complicated jargon or trendy buzzwords. Keep it short and simple.

e.g. I'm a senior Environmental Sciences major looking for a position that will allow me to use my research and analysis skills.


Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start or what to leave out but you know yourself better than anyone.

Here are some tips to get you going:

  • Write to your dream audience.
  • Highlight the kind of work you want to be doing.
  • Tell the truth in your own voice.
  • Read it aloud to make sure it sounds like you.
  • Treat it as a draft. Share it early and update it regularly.

Take time and think it through. Give yourself at least two minutes with each of these exercises. (You may want to grab tea or coffee, a favorite notebook, and a timer.)

  • Where do you see yourself in one to three years?.
  • How does your work fit into the world you want to live in?
  • What kinds of projects interest you? (It sometimes helps to list tasks you want to stop doing first.)
  • What do you want people to do after visiting your website (e.g., hire you, subscribe to your blog)?
  • If someone were telling a potential client about you, what would you want them to say?

Think of your Bio as a way to introduce yourself. It doesn’t need to be exhaustive, and you don’t have to say anything that makes you uncomfortable. Find a balance between being personal and professional, and try to have some fun.

e.g. I’m a ______.
I help ______ (make/build) ______.
When I’m not ______, you can find me ______.
Want to work together? I’d love to hear from you.

Your portfolio items

Career portfolios are used to organize and document education, work samples and skills. People use career portfolios to apply to jobs, apply to college or training programs, get a higher salary, show transferable skills, and to track personal development.

What to include in your portfolio?

  • Write to your dream audience.
  • Work samples: e.g., class projects, items produced during internship or co-op experiences
  • Research, Publications, Reports: A way to showcase multiple skills, including your written communications abilities. Include any published papers and conference proceedings.
  • Testimonials and Letters of Recommendations: A collection of any kudos you have received — from customers, clients, colleagues, past employers, professors, etc. Some experts even suggest including copies of favorable employer evaluations and reviews.
  • Awards and Honors: A collection of any certificates of awards, honors, and scholarships.
  • Conference and Workshops: A list of conferences, seminars, and workshops you’ve participated in and/or attended.
  • Transcripts, Degrees, Licenses, and Certifications: A description of relevant courses, degrees, licenses, and certifications.
  • Professional Development Activities: A listing of professional associations and conferences attended — and any other professional development activities.
  • Military records, awards, and badges: A listing of your military service, if applicable.
  • Volunteering/Community Service: A description of any community service activities, volunteer or pro bono work you have completed, especially as it relates to your career.


Your work experience

Enter basic information about your previous jobs so employers can see where you’ve worked.


Your education

Whether you're a Harvard-educated MBA or recently obtained your GED, you can use your resume's education section to outshine your competition.


Your skills

Skills can be defined in job skills and personal skills, or the so called hard and soft skills.
Job skills allow you to do a particular job and life skills are what are needed for everyday life.
Personal skills are personal qualities that make up a person’s “emotional intelligence.”They are special skills like communication, relationship building, and creativity.

Job Skills Examples:

  • Work under pressure
  • Accuracy
  • Adaptability
  • Analyzing data
  • Pohotoshop
  • Autocat
  • C++

Personal Skills Examples:

  • Integrity
  • Accuracy
  • Organization
  • Perseverance
  • Problem solving
  • Responsibility


Your languages skills

Grade yourself between 10% and 100%:

  • Native speaker, 80% - 100%
  • Near native / fluent, 70% - 100%
  • Very good command, 70% - 90%
  • Good command / good working knowledge, 60% - 80%
  • Basic communication skills / working knowledge, 40% - 70%


Your interests

You should include hobbies and other interests, especially if they involve social and community activities. These activities are important – cover membership of societies, sports clubs/teams, etc. All these activities and the extent of your involvement gives your future boss clues about the real you and your interests.

7 examples of hobbies and interests on a resume:

  • Individual Sports (Marathon Running) - You're fit and you enjoy challenges.
  • Team Sports (Basketball) - You excel at teamwork and have leadership skills.
  • Extreme Sports (Motocross) -A risk taker (bad for desk jobs).
  • Tech Hobbies (Computing) -Tech savvy and introverted (not great for social jobs).
  • Puzzles (Crosswords) -You're an analytical thinker with problem-solving skills.
  • Games (Chess) - You're an intelligent strategist.
  • Social Hobbies (Mentoring) - You communicate well and connect with others.


Quote text

Use a quote that resonatas with your way of thinking.

e.g. Learning never exhausts the mind. - Leonardo da Vinci

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