Printed from:

Welcome to Columbia Magazine  

Sell your skills and abilities in a good resume

"You want to design the outline for skimmers, not readers, while being both clean and concise..."

By Chosalin Morales, student news writer and photographer
Office of University Communications

CAMPBELLSVILLE. Ky. -- "It is your personal sales pitch!" Katrina Overgaauw, CU Office of Career Services employee relations and data coordinator, said as students learned to compose a variety of professional resumes.

Campbellsville University's First-Generation Program held its weekly seminar for its First-Generation Scholars in the Badgett Academic Success Center recently. Overgaauw presented "Building and Customizing your Resume," a guide to help students prepare for the work force after graduation.

"A resume is a brief history of your accomplishments. It's an advertisement for you. It is a summary for potential employers presenting your education, work, experience and relevant facts to your job search," Overgaauw said, as she gave students tips for their resumes.

"You want to design the outline for skimmers, not readers, while being both clean and concise."

Primarily, Overgaauw said employers taken no more than 30 seconds to glance at a resume. She advised to keep resumes to a two-page maximum if needed. You can use bullet points in resumes while providing brief and detailed statements. However, you should stay clear or bright colors and wild fonts.

Overgaauw said the overview of resume sections should include the following: contact information, objective or professional summary, education, work experience and skills or awards while following a chronological format.

Toward the end of the presentation, Overgaauw told students, as they start seeking various types of employment, not all resumes will fit the criteria for each employer. It is a good idea to build a variety of resumes, which is more likely to give a better outcome.

"I have learned about different resources offered at Campbellsville University. Seminars like this help guide me on paths I didn't know were available to me in college and when I graduate. I feel more confident and prepared when I attend the First-Generation weekly seminars," Adrianna Celis, a freshman, First-Generation Mexican American from Campbellsville, Ky., said.

For information, contact Teresa Elmore, director of career services, at or (270)789-5192.

This story was posted on 2022-03-14 21:00:41
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.


Quick Links to Popular Features

Looking for a story or picture?
Try our Photo Archive or our Stories Archive for all the information that's appeared on


Contact us: Columbia Magazine and are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.
Phone: 270.403.0017

Please use our contact page, or send questions about technical issues with this site to All logos and trademarks used on this site are property of their respective owners. All comments remain the property and responsibility of their posters, all articles and photos remain the property of their creators, and all the rest is copyright 1995-Present by Columbia! Magazine and D'Zine, Ltd. Privacy policy: use of this site requires no sharing of information. Voluntarily shared information may be published and made available to the public on this site and/or stored electronically. Anonymous submissions will be subject to additional verification. Cookies are not required to use our site. However, if you have cookies enabled in your web browser, some of our advertisers may use cookies for interest-based advertising across multiple domains. For more information about third-party advertising, visit the NAI web privacy site.