For over 100 years, Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. As a member of the cadet corps you will live, study, sail, work and play in an atmosphere that encourages you to be your best.
Resumes Career & Professional Services
Cadets of Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Purpose of a Resume
- Sell yourself
- Inform the employer
- Highlight skills & achievements
- Show what kind of citizen you are
Parts: Biographical Information
- Full name with style!
- Address where you get and check your mail
- Phone number [change your voicemail to a professional message]. Include cell number
- Maritime email address, not your personal one
- No need to spell out email/phone: See example
14 Main Street, Boston, MA 02119
Parts: Objective - This is Usually Not needed
Only use an Objective if you are looking for something different than your major. Save the space for other important things! See example
Example: EM major looking to work in Hazardous Materials at a Clean-up Environmental Company (related/slightly different). Or an MSEP major (with business minor) looking for an administrative position.
- Spell out Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay, MA & Degree (Bachelor of Science)
- List GPA if 3.0 or better
- List Sea Term & description
- List License
- Relevant course work if needed (Unusual classes, not standard ones.)
- High school - No
Leadership & Experience
- List any positions you have held where you were the leader of a group.
- Regimental Operations Officer
- Regimental Adjunct
- Cadet Chief Mate
- Regimental Training and Retention Officer
- Cadet Chief Engineer
- Operations Officer
- Senior Class President
- Platoon Leader
- Petty Officer
- Assistant Captain
- Eagle Scout
- Industry-related experience
- Co-op and Commercial Shipping - Use your co-op project, be descriptive, use bullets; brief phrases; action words; responsibilities
- List other experience, summer jobs or jobs you work during the year.
- Lifeguard, waiter, cashier, etc., - you do not need to write job descriptions. Only give details if you had leadership responsibilities.
- Volunteer activities may fit here.
- Computer Skills - CAD, GIS, Microsoft Office, etc.
- Certifications - All relevant to your degree
- Languages - Fluent, conversational or basic
You can combine 2 or 3 of these into 1 section.
- Activities & Volunteer - Not from high school unless unusual.
For your job description - see printable Resume Workshop
- One page - (exception: usajobs.gov)
- Easy to read
- Chronological order-most recent first!
- Bond paper
- Font size should be 11 or 12 pt.
- One-inch borders
- Save to PDF
Always ask someone to read it!
- Bold: headings and name of companies
- Italic: degree and your co-op titles
- Center: addresses
- Right justify: dates & GPA
- Punctuation: periods or no periods
Do not put on your resume:
- Phone numbers beside your own
- Crazy/busy or colorful designs, logos, etc.
- Reference - Create a new page for this
-- Use the same heading.
-- References: Name, Organization, Title, Email, Phone #
- Follow up interview with a personal and professional note to the person (within 24 hours) thanking them for their time and briefly reminding them what you can offer them.
- Send via email or card.
For Resume & follow-up examples - see printable Resume Workshop
Now you can make an appointment!
Go to Co-op Portal to check interviews you qualify for.