|Choosing a Career/Major|
|Dos and Don'ts|
|Writing Action Verb Statements|
|Writing Job Objectives|
|Preparing a Scannable Resume|
|Tips for Career Changers & the ‘Experienced’|
|Cover Letter Information|
|Conducting a Job Search|
|Graduate School Resources|
|For Faculty and Staff|
The ResumeAn effective resume:
When selecting a format, it is important to choose one that allows you to best emphasize your particular strengths. There is no "right" format for a resume. Remember that with any format you choose, the unique and creative manner in which you write headings, sequence sections, and design layout should serve to further enhance your image. While there are many different formats for resumes, the most widely used is the REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL. This format lists your background with the most recent experience first. You may arrange or subdivide your headings in various ways depending upon which aspects of your background you want to emphasize or want to have noticed first. An exception to the "reverse rule" (most recent first) might occur when your past experience is more related to your goals than your recent experience, in which case you would list past experience first. You may view samples of other resume formats (e.g. functional, targeted) in the CDC.Optional Contents
The following optional information may also be included in your resume.
COURSES: If your degree included courses in areas relevant to the position for which you are applying, you may indicate six to eight of these course titles. For example: Personnel Administration or Machine Design, not the course number and credit hours. They should be upper level courses only. You might want to include any significant coursework concentrations you have also had. For example: Marketing or Energy Systems.
SPECIAL PROJECTS: This is a good way to demonstrate accomplishments/experience gained through class projects, internships, and volunteer or other extracurricular activities. Select projects that can demonstrate relevant skills or accomplishments.
SPECIAL SKILLS: These should be marketable skills in your career area, e.g. foreign languages and computer skills, not communication skills or working with people.
CAMPUS ACTIVITIES: Clubs, intramurals, student organizations. List any offices or leadership roles held. A brief description of your duties can be included if it relates to your career objective.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Many important skills are developed through community, volunteer, and service-learning work. Significant projects and offices held should be mentioned as they relate to your career goal.
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS: Health-related, CPR, First Aid, computer, etc.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Membership in professional organizations. If applicable, list any offices held.
RESEARCH, PUBLICATIONS, AND PRESENTATIONS: Include title, name of periodical, publisher, place of publication or presentation, and date.
INTERESTS: May be included to reflect a wider range of information about you as a person and are particularly helpful if they relate to your job objective or goals.
REFERENCES: It is acceptable but optional to use the phrases "Available Upon Request" or "Furnished Upon Request." If appropriate, you may use "Writing Samples Available Upon Request." For example: English or Journalism students. Also, "Portfolio Available Upon Request" is appropriate for Education, Design or Art majors.
PLEASE NOTE: Personal data (e.g. height, weight, age, etc.) should not be listed on a resume, cannot be required by potential employers under federal regulations, and, in fact, may provide the employer with a basis for discrimination. There are some career fields where personal data is relevant and required, e.g. acting.
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Alternative Resume Formats:
For job seekers pursuing online, digital media, and/or creative professions, alternative types of resumes may be appropriate to enhance and demonstrate skills related to the job and potential fit within an organizations’ culture; however, before determining if an alternative resume is appropriate, it is imperative to research the organization. Organizations whose overall brand tends to be more casual and creative will likely be a better fit for this type of unconventional approach. Using alternative formats, which may include the use of infographics (a visual representation of skills, experience, etc.) and video (a 30 second commercial), can also allow a candidate to show passion for his or her craft, as well as highlight skills and future value. Similar to a traditional resume, alternative resumes should be tailored to the position and/or the organization and be professional. Click here for examples of alternative resumes.