New graduates and other younger job-seekers often struggle a bit in developing a strong resume. How confident are you in your resume-writing abilities? Take this quiz and test your resume-writing skills.

Directions: Please choose the best answer to the following questions.

1. Given that employers screen resumes for between 2.5 and 20 seconds, a resume should show the employer at a glance what you want to do and what you’re good at. What’s a good way to sharpen the focus of your resume and provide the reader with this vital information?
A. An Objective Statement
B. A Summary or Profile Section
C. A small, tasteful graphic
D. All of the above

2. When describing work experience, paragraph-style job descriptions are preferred over bulleted lists.
True
False

3. Should you list your GPA on your resume?
A. Yes, if it’s above 3.5
B. Not under any circumstances
C. Yes, it’s always expected
D. Yes, if your overall GPA and/or GPA in your major is over 3.0

4. Within your professional history, the most important element to highlight is:
A. Duties and responsibilities from past jobs
B. Skills
C. Names of supervisors
D. Accomplishments

5. When listing your Education, list in this order:
A. Name of college, city/state of college, major, graduation date, degree name
B. Name of degree in name of major, name of college, city/state of college, graduation date
C. Name of college, name of major, GPA, name of minor, span of dates of attendance
D. Dates of attendance, name of college, degree name, GPA, major

6. It’s perfectly acceptable to use personal pronouns (I, me, my) on a resume.
True
False

7. When listing your job history, list in this order:
A. Dates of employment first, followed by name of employer, city/state of employer, title/position
B. Name of employer first, followed by city/state of employer, title/position dates of employment
C. Name of employer first, followed by street address, phone number of employer, supervisors name, position/title, reason for leaving, salary
D. Title/position first, followed by name of employer, city/state of employer, dates of employment

8. What types of words are most important to include in your resume?
A. Action verbs and job-specific keywords
B. Colorful adjectives that describe you as a person
C. Multi-syllabic words that make you sound sophisticated
D. As much use as possible of the verb “to be”

9. Students with very little experience, especially minimal experience in their chosen field, should consider this resume technique:
A. Skillful exploitation of transferable and applicable skills
B. Use of a chrono-functional resume
C. Descriptions of class projects and coursework that are relevant to the chosen field
D. All of the above

10. Unpaid experience, such as you may have gained frominternships, sports, volunteer work and extracurricular activities, should be:
A. separated from paid experience
B. left off your resume altogether
C. incorporated with your paid experience
D. listed only on page 2 of your resume

11. Students who have or are pursuing a four-year degree and also have an associate’s degree from a community college should include the associate’s degree on their resumes.
True
False

12. It’s important to list references on a resume.
True
False

13. Students who belong to a greek organization should be sure to mention their fraternity or sorority by name on their resumes.
True
False

14. You should list hobbies and interests on your resume to make you more “human.”
True
False

15. You should be sure to list your high-school education on your resume.
True
False

16. Knowing that a prospective employer might try to reach you in your dorm room after you’ve sent out your resume, what kind of greeting should you have on your answering machine or voicemail?
A. A humorous greeting that enables the employer to see what a fun person you are
B. A musical greeting that gives the employer a glimpse into your cultural tastes
C. A greeting in which your roommate and several other people who live on your floor chime in so the employer can see how personable and popular you are
D. A professional greeting that tells the employer you are serious about job-hunting

17. Your Objective statement should be as general as possible so it won’t limit your job choices.
True
False

18. You should list all your coursework, or at least coursework in your major, on your resume.
True
False

19. It’s an unbreakable rule that a new graduate’s resume must be limited to one page.
True
False

20. One or two typos or misspellings on a resume won’t hurt if you’re well qualified for the job.
True
False

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