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Resume

Resumes are documents that summarize and highlight education, experiences, and activities relevant to your career goals. A well-constructed resume documents skills you have acquired throughout your experience, and helps to convince an employer that you possess the skills they are looking for.

Resumes should be:

  • One page to impress prospective employers with what you have learned and accomplished in your professional life and throughout your education.
  • A targeted document that helps employers clearly see the value you will bring to the organization.
  • Updated and tailored for each position you apply to

The MAC program has a specialized template that we offer students to help present their backgrounds in a manner that will help them be most marketable for accounting, business and finance roles. Students who participate in the Structured Recruiting process must put their resume into the MAC approved template in order to participate. However, all students are encouraged to incorporate the template into their existing resumes.

 

The following breaks down the important sections of a resume, and provides tips on how to maximize your efforts in each section.

General:

  • Times New Roman font, 10.5 point (with the exception of name and headings- both 14 pt)
  • Length not to exceed one page
  • Keep margins in template
  • Heading titles: Education, Experience, Leadership, Additional (do not use other titles)
  • If it’s bold on this page, it should be bold on the resume

Contact Info:

  • Name in all caps in bolded in 14 point size (JOHN Q. ADAMS)
  • Address in upper and lower case, but do not bold
  • Phone number
  • UNC Kenan-Flagler email address
  • Ensure LinkedIn address is personalized, not: jmbs/4232/4532
  • Remove any hyperlinks to your email or LinkedIn profile

Education:

  • UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, Kenan-Flagler Business School – Chapel Hill, NC, anticipated grad month and year (ex: June 2020)
  • Master of Accounting Candidate
  • UNDERGRAD INSTITUTION– Location, grad month and year (ex: May 2014)
  • Degree earned
    • Awards, Dean’s List, Case Competitions, magna cum laude (this distinction should always be lower case), GPA (if >= 3.50, no rounding)
    • 1 sport (if applicable)
    • Study abroad

Experience:

  • COMPANY NAME- City, State, years employed (ex: 2013-2016)
    • City, State [abbreviated e.g. NC] or City, Country [if non-US location]
  • Position
  • Optional: company descriptors in italics to describe unfamiliar companies- keep to 1 line
  • Job description
    • Brief summary about position
    • 2-4 bullets detailing specific accomplishments or tasks completed
  • In this section include bulleted accomplishment statements, which provide examples of times you have successfully used the skills employers are seeking
  • Consider the following questions to help you create more effective bullet points: What was the result/outcome of your work? What were your accomplishments? How did you help the organization? What skills/knowledge did you enhance? How does this experience relate to your internship/employment goal?
  • Begin bullets with a variety of verbs to avoid repetition (e.g. Led, Directed, Supervised)
  • Avoid resume bullets with 1-2 words on the 2nd line
  • Open resume bullets with direct action verbs and AVOID “Responsible” or “Assisted”
  • Numbers: K=thousands, M=millions, B=billions, +=more than [e.g. $50M+], <less than [e.g. <2%], sf=square feet
  • All numbers should be digits, not words [e.g. 8, not eight]

Leadership:

  • ORGANIZATION NAME- City, State, years involved (ex: 2013-2016)
  • Position(s) held
  • Optional: organization descriptors in italics to describe unfamiliar companies- keep to 1 line
  • Position description
    • 1-2 bullets detailing specific accomplishments or tasks completed
    • Positions within this section should be formatted like previous experience sections

Additional:

  • Professional certifications and/or professional association memberships
  • Foreign languages including proficiency level (ex: native, fluent, conversational)
  • US citizenship or visa status (if applicable/interested in including)
  • Technical/computer skills (NO Microsoft Office Suite skills)
  • Hobbies and interests
    • Important to include- employers often look here to make conversation

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