FAQs About Resumes
What is a resume?
Resumes operate as a detailed, concise “list” of the applicant’s most notable accomplishments, educational milestones, and experiences.
Why are resumes important?
Resumes communicate the most important and relevant information about the applicant and help the employer quickly decide if the applicant is qualified.
What should be included in a resume?
Resumes should include information that explains who the applicant is and why they are qualified for the position. As such, resumes include the applicant’s contact information, education, professional history, experience, accomplishments, and relevant skills, tools, and certifications.
How long should a resume be?
Resumes should be limited to one or two pages.
What is the difference between a chronological resume and a functional resume?
A chronological resume lists past experience in reverse chronological order. Functional resumes groups experience under categories of skills. A chronological resume is more commonly requested by employers and will be the focus of the following handout.
What is the difference between a curriculum vitae (CV) and a resume?
A CV is a written description of a person’s full educational and work history. A resume is a brief summary of a person’s most important and relevant experiences, skills, and education.
Resume Brainstorming Worksheet
Instructions: Fill in your answers to the following sections on a scrap piece of paper. This information will be used to help you develop a professional resume.
Section 1: Heading
This section appears at the top of your resume and includes your personal information.
Phone # _______________________________ Email _________________________________
Section 2: Objective (Optional)
Some employers request that you include a brief objective statement about your career goals and how these career goals align with the position you’re applying for.
Section 3: Education
This section should include all the colleges and universities that you have earned or will earn a degree. Your entries should be ordered in reverse chronological order.
School _______________________________ City & State _____________________________
Degree ___________________________ GPA (if higher than 3.0) ________________________
Graduation Date (Month & Year) _____________________________________________________
Major(s) ______________________________ Minor(s) ________________________________
Section 4: Relevant research, class projects, courses (Optional)
Describe any relevant research projects, class projects, and coursework you have completed.
Section 5: Honors & Awards (Optional)
Include any honors, awards, scholarships, grants, honor societies, and deans list you received with the date the award was received and the name of the organization giving the award.
Section 6: Certifications & Licenses (Optional)
List any relevant certifications and licenses.
Name of certificate / license _________________________________________________________
Date Received & Date Experiences ___________________________________________________
Organization that granted certification / licensure ________________________________________
Section 6: Work experience
List your previous work experience, including paid positions, co-op experiences, and internships. Start with the most recent experience. Each entry should have concise statements about your role, the tasks and activities you performed, and your accomplishments in the position. These statements should begin with action verbs.
Position / Title ___________________________________________________________________
Dates ___________________________________ to _____________________________________
Employer / Company ______________________________________________________________
City & State _____________________________________________________________________
Responsibilities & Accomplishments ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Repeat the above entry as necessary
Section 7: Skills (Optional)
Describe your proficiency in areas relevant to the position, including language fluency and computer skills
Section 8: Involvement in Campus, Community, Volunteer Positions, or Leadership Positions
Explain your involvement in organizations, including leadership roles organizations and length of membership
Instructions: Once you have filled out the above sections, you can begin formatting your resume by entering this information into a document. You can use the tips below to help format your resume.
Tips For Writing Resumes
Leadership, Volunteer & Other Activities
Resources For Resumes