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O’Brien Center for Student Success


Getting Started

Keep in mind the purpose of a resume: to get you an interview. Employers will interview people who appear to have the qualities and/or experience that will benefit their organization. So, think of your resume as a marketing tool and yourself as the “product.” You must describe yourself in a way that creates enough interest on the part of the employer to want to invite you, the “product,” in for an interview. Your resume, therefore, should focus attention on your qualifications and accomplishments as it relates to the needs of the employer.

Resume critique walk in hours are:

  • M 1:00-3:00 pm
  • T 1:00-3:00 pm
  • W 10:00am – 2:00 pm
  • TH 2:00-4:00 pm
  • F 12:00-2:00pm 

For sample resumes please see Resource Library on Advantage


An employer will look for the answer to these questions on your resume:

  • What do you want? (your OBJECTIVE)
  • What qualifies you to do it? (the SUMMARY and EDUCATION sections)
  • Where have you done it? (your EXPERIENCE)
  • How well have you done it? (include ACHIEVEMENTS, HONORS, LEADERSHIP)



How to format a resume


A Final Note

Remember, you will be selected for an interview based solely on your resume. Students with poorly prepared resumes will most likely not get selected for interviews. Keep refining your resume until you are sure it properly reflects your qualifications, educational background and work experience. Resumes should be continually updated as you acquire new skills.

A resume preparation booklet with sample resumes is available from the O’Brien Center for Student Success, Sakowich Campus Center, 2nd Floor. Information on having your finished resume printed at the Merrimack College Printing Center is also available in the O’Brien Center.

How an Applicant Tracking System reads your resume