Writing Impactful Résumés

A résumé is a written document that lists your work experience, skills and educational background. It serves as your primary marketing device when job seeking. Along with the accompanying cover letter, the function of your résumé is to land you an interview. Your résumé should be:
  • Concise, accurate and professional
  • Action- and results-oriented
  • Customized to the specific position you are seeking
  • Proofed for grammar, spelling and conformance
  • Error-free

It should not include a References section or personal information such as age, race or marital status.

The Weston Career Center offers several tools to help you write an effective résumé and impactful cover letter. (Refer to pages 10-19 and 22-25 of the Career Guide.


Optimal Résumé walks you through the résumé creation process and generates an Olin-formatted résumé.

Best Practices for Résumé Writing Learn about best practices for résumé writing with these tips from recruiters, career staff and students.

When writing your résumé, use the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) method for developing strong statements that describe your past and present experiences. Recruiters and hiring managers prefer to read success stories, not a list of tasks. Avoid listing only job duties. Instead, describe accomplishments and outcomes.

For more information and sample résumés, read “Writing Impactful Résumés” on page 10 of the Career Guide. Our advisors are also available to critique your résumé and offer feedback. Simply email your résumé to wcc@olin.wustl.edu.

Alumni with existing accounts can login to Optimal Résumé with their WUSTL key. Olin alumni requesting an account, please send your name, degree, graduation year and student ID (if known) to wcc@olin.wustl.edu for access.

Career advising appointments can be made in person at the WCC office in Knight Hall 210, via email wcc@olin.wustl.edu, or by phone at 314-935-5950.

The Career Guide is a reference tool that complements OlinCareers. Stop by the WCC to pick up the latest issue.