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State University of New York

How to Write a Resume (Project-Centered Course)

State University of New York via Coursera


What you’ll achieve:
In this project-centered course*, you will craft an essential cornerstone of the modern-day job or internship search: the resume. You’ll review resume best practices and explore current trends with guidance from a professional career counselor and recruiter, and you’ll exchange structured feedback with your peers as you work to polish your own resume. When you complete the course, you’ll have an eye-catching resume that lets your professional strengths shine.

What you’ll need to get started:
This course is designed primarily for young professionals or college students who are writing their first resume or looking to give an old resume a fresh and polished professional look. All job seekers will benefit from the course material and project, however, regardless of their career stage or professional background. All you will need is word processing software that allows you to create a resume on a computer- there are free tools available.

*About Project-Centered Courses: Project-centered courses are designed to help you complete a personally meaningful real-world project, with your instructor and a community of like-minded supportive learners with similar goals providing guidance and suggestions along the way. By actively applying new concepts as you learn, you’ll master the course content more efficiently; you’ll also get a head start on using the skills you gain to make positive changes in your life and career. When you complete the course, you’ll have a finished project that you’ll be proud to use and share.


  • Introduction to the Course & Resumes
    • Define course goals. Introduction about purpose of a resume, and when it might be used, and criteria for the peer-review rubric.
  • The Foundation of your Resume: A Self-Inventory
    • A top-to-bottom look at the typical sections of a resume. Different sections you might have on a resume, definition of transferable skills and how to pull those out of past experiences.
  • Writing Content for your Resume
    • How to write an action-statement, what makes a strong verb, how to maximize use of numbers and other characters, and common pitfalls of writing the content.
  • Piecing it all Together: Organization, Structure, Format
    • How to organize the sections on the document, foundations of strong structure and clear formatting.
  • Know your Industry
    • Different types of jobs are going to look for different headings, or different orders of sections for the optimal response from an employer. Define “Buzz Words” and show how to identify them in a job posting, and then implement them on the resume.
  • Best-Practices for your Resume from an Employer
    • Interview with an employer about how they approach a stack of resumes, what stands out in a good way, and what can leave a negative impression.
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    • Common questions about resumes job-seekers might have, that may not have fit into our modules.

Taught by

Zach Slaybaugh

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  • I used this course to clean up my resume after working for 15 years as a freelancer on more than 10 project.

    It was a useful exercise. My resume now looks more professional. The course is brief and to-the-point, with useful tips to improve. It is a very short course, max 1 hour per weekly module.

    I only audited the course, did not pay for a certificate. So I cannot judge the value of the peer review exercise and resume review.
  • Kelton Santos completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    It was a good course, but it seems that it was destined to students just finishing university and looking for their first job.

    But it contains many valuable information that anyone can apply in their resumé.
  • Muhammad Waqar Nasir completed this course.

    The most important thing is you have to learn different purpose of learning. All course are very interesting in this site. I recommend all of you that you have to check this site and gain knowledge about new thing. It is just like a game when you start the game after some time it is finished.
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    PRACHI ROTE is taking this course right now.

    Hi myself prachi
    I completed my degree in 2020
    I completed my bpharmcy in snd collge of pharmcy.
    Im 1st class student in four years of degree
    My hobbies are I'm chess player fencing player
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    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    My name is mohamed Omar and I study in biotechnology ain shams l work in publishing field joined this field because I love science and l wanna spread science through application and my field help me in this, biotechnology made me study many cases of disease...
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    POOH 뿌우1
    This training has provided me with the knowledge that will be quite valuable in my future. Thank you for organising it. It's tough for me because I'm no fluent in English. I reside in a nation where English is not the lingua franca, but I tried very hard to complete my studies.
  • Anonymous
    This is not a free course. Some of the PDF download links within the course are corrupted. The course seems legit, but it is hard to move forward with a fee window that pops up when you take a quiz.
  • Prasad Bhavsar completed this course.

    This course is a best course and this course improve the knowledge and also this course is a best course I improve a knowledge and also improve the resume
  • Al Mohaiminul Alam Mehedie completed this course, spending 40 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    The course was good but expected a bit better from the teaching stuff. But overall a good course. Thanks to "coursera" for this platform.
  • Sylvia Amar completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    It is a course about how to make a resume. It is more for the people who needs to make their first resume
    , but you could find good ideas.
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