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

The Weston Career Center offers several tools to help you write an effective résumé and impactful cover letter.

Optimal Résumé and VMock (For FT MBAs/SMPs) walk you through the résumé creation process to create an Olin-formatted résumé.

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 in Optimal Résumé can login 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.

To meet with a career coach, schedule an appointment online, email wcc@olin.wustl.edu, call 314-935-5950, or stop by the WCC in Knight Hall 210.

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