Writing Your Resume-Career and Professional Development Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Writing Your Resume

The purpose of the resume is not to get a job, but to obtain an interview. It should be a clear and concise summary of qualifications that pertain to the position and should be limited to one page. The goal is to attract sufficient attention to create an interview opportunity.

Student employment jobs in TartanTrak require students to attach a resume when applying. If you don’t have a resume, you can create one quickly by following the helpful advice and example in the Essential Resume Advice for First Year Students Career Success Guide


Take time to review and proofread your resume before uploading to TartanTrak. It should be error-free and consistent in format, punctuation, and verb tense.
Plan to schedule an appointment to meet with your Career Consultant sometime during your first year to have the resume professionally critiqued.