Student Resources / Interview And Resume Tips
The following tips for students on resume preparation were prepared for the Annual National Financial Mathematics Career Fair, co-hosted by the IAFE, NYU Courant Institute and SIAM.
Tips On Resume Preparation
Your resume is an important marketing document designed to sell your background to a targeted reader. Generally, readers of resumes see hundreds of resumes and spend very little time with any single one, so it is essential that your resume be easy-to-read and concise yet highlight key points that relate to your future employment objectives. Remember, the purpose of the resume is to get an interview, not to get the job. Excessive detail is best left for the interview.
Dates should be expressed in terms of years only – i.e. such as 1997-1999. Alternative formats, such as month and year (i.e. January 1997 - December 1999) are harder to read. For summer jobs, use a format such “Summer 1998”. If you must insert months, use abbreviations with no periods.
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