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Make it Count: Your Guide to Articulating Your Experiences on a Resume & During an Interview

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  • Work Experience
    ABC Agency, New York City, NY
    Marketing Intern
    May-August 20XX

     

    • Utilized Excel to create a more efficient client information database system used to track purchase orders and account for payments received
    • Analyzed company’s young adult marketing campaign and created a comprehensive report on findings using STATA
    • Developed interactive presentations using Excel and PowerPoint and presented market research findings to the marketing team for representation of quarterly sales trends

    Potential Interview Questions:

    • How did your technical skills improve while working at this internship?

    • Based on this experience, do you see yourself working in the field after graduation, and why?

  • Education   
    Institute at Palazzo Rucellai, Florence, Italy
    Program of Study: History
    September – December 20XX

    Related Experience
    English Language Teaching Assistant, Florence, Italy
    September – December 20XX
    Scuola Primaria San Pier M`artire

    • Aided in the instruction of the English language to 25 Italian students, ages 7–11
    • Discussed aspects of United States culture, including American holidays, sports, and schools, to enhance cultural competency

    Potential Interview Questions:

    • How did this position impact your experience when you were studying abroad?
    • Have you changed since studying abroad? If so, how?
  • Related Experience   
    Paul Robeson Living-Learning Community
    Bishop Quad Residence Hall,
    Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ  
    September 20XX – Present
    • Engage in cultural immersion and enrichment through participation in the following courses: Paul Robeson as a Global Citizen and Introduction to Africana Studies
    • Participate in discussions/activities with Rutgers professors, building strong academic connections and mentoring relationships 

    Potential Interview Questions:

    • How does this living experience help you work with people from other backgrounds?
    • How do you handle conflicts that may arise with your peers who speak other languages or have customs different from your own?
  • Research   
    Department of Psychology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
    Research Assistant/Lab Coordinator        
    January – December 20XX
    • Conducted qualitative behavioral research in the Interpersonal Relationships Lab, interviewing 25 subjects and implementing basic cognitive behavioral therapy techniques
    • Oversaw daily activities of the lab and 14 undergraduate assistants, as well as standardized all psychological measures used within the lab in accordance with IRB and HIPPA guidelines
    • Surveyed participants in an attachment study and coded data utilizing SPSS
    • Interviewed Research Assistant (RA) applicants for the next semester, evaluated applications and chose new RAs

    Potential Interview Questions:

    • How did you become interested in working in a research lab?
    • What skills have you gained from this research experience and how do you plan to use them if you are offered a job here?
  • Leadership   
    Engineers Without Borders, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
    President        
    August 20XX – Present
    • Increase membership by 15% while coordinating new member campaign
    • Manage yearly budget of $8,500; prepared proposal for student government funding allocation
    • Organize event logistics by coordinating volunteer schedules, room reservations, and meeting agendas

    Potential Interview Questions:

    • How do you handle personality conflicts with members of your organization?
    • How do you assess the success or failure of events?
  • Volunteer   
    Volunteer Tutor, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ August 20XX – Present
    • Tutor 3 elementary students individually in math and reading to improve academic performance
    • Design customized activities and games for each student based on individual needs through 
      differentiated instruction
    • Collaborate with teachers and parents to enhance student progress and meet learning objectives
    • Awarded “Volunteer Tutor of the Year” by peers, teachers, and students, May 20XX

    Potential Interview Questions:

    • What have you learned about your communication skills while working with parents, students, and teachers?
    • This job does not work with the local community, so how might you use the skills you learned as a tutor in the new work setting?
  • Work Experience
    Produce Associate, Superfresh, New Brunswick, NJ June 20XX – Present

     

    • Design and assemble creative and engaging merchandise displays to maximize product sales
    • Respond effectively to customer questions and concerns to provide high quality customer service in a busy retail environment

    Potential Interview Questions:

    • Can you describe how you handled a situation with a difficult customer?

    • How were you able to manage conflicts that arose amongst your coworkers?

Sample Resumes

Review the following resume samples (organized by our career communities) for assistance with developing your next resume:

Need assistance with your resume? Here's how we can help:

  • Bring a copy of your resume in for a review during our Virtual Drop-In Career Studio hours (for current RU-NB eligible students only).
  • Schedule an advising appointment with one of our career advisors.
  • Upload a copy of your resume to our online tool, ResumeWorded, to receive instant and tailored feedback.