The Center for Career Development is pleased to review student/alumni resumes prior to submission for employment opportunities. For resume critiquing, please upload your resume to College Central . Once approved, your resume will be available for application to open positions in the system, as well as the option to make your resume viewable to employers using the system. NOTE: Online resume reviews can take up to 10 business days.
Resume Building Template
Resume Samples & Resources
See examples of general resumes below based on common layouts.
Chronological - used for those with many experiences relevant/similar to the opportunity applying.
Functional - used for those without much experience or those breaking into a new industry/career.
Contemporary - used for those within a a creative career field.
Curriculum Vitae (CV) - used for graduate school application, careers within research or education. This is also useful to all as it can be a record keeper of all qualifications and experiences.
Transferable Skills Checklist: Need some ideas in what is considered a transferable skill, use this checklist!
General Resume Tips
1. Components: As a student/recent graduate, it is recommended to have 5 core sections. Contact Information, Objective/Professional Summary, Skills, Education, and Experience.
2. Objective: This statement (1-2 lines) directs the reader, so to make this effective, include who you are and what you can offer (2 best skills you want to use in a job) and what you want. Example: "Junior Marketing student athlete seeks position with flexible hours to utilize communication and analytical skills."
3. Skills: Always have a skills section, preferably at the top portion of the resume. This includes transferable and technical skills. Transferable are skills that are useful in any position. Technical are skills that are learned in class or workshops that is a tool to get the job done (i.e. Microsoft Suite, GIS, SQL, MailChimp, etc.). The skills should be relevant to the work you are applying and be verified with the experience listed.
4. Experience: This is the core of what an employer reads and needs to compliment the skills section. Worthwhile content within the experience section will allow the reader to answer 3 things about you. 1) WHICH skills you used at this experience; 2) WHO you worked with; and 3) WHAT environments you worked. If the reader can't identify this, you are missing the opportunity to provide quality information. When deciding what experience to list, consider ALL paid and unpaid work, projects, volunteering, organization involvement and/or long-term classroom assignments that have built the skills you would like to use in your next opportunity.
5. Community Involvement: This section may include any work done or experience gained from a non-profit or campus/professional organization. List this content based on estimated hours completed within the specific organization or association. Note that if you have done community service that has built skills/experience relevant to your career goals, that experience should be in the Experience section with bullets describing it. However, if the service given was not directly related, it is only important to highlight the time given to the organization. Example: American Heart Association (25+ hours) 2013-2015 or Delta Phi Omicron (50+ hours) 2012-2016
6. Education: This needs to include the degrees obtained already or in progress. High School information should NOT be listed once you are enrolled and started in a secondary school. Include expected graduation date or completion date, not time spent enrolled. Example: See Resume Sample links above.
7. Details: Have someone read over your resume to ensure 1) it makes sense, 2) no grammar or spelling mistakes, 3) it looks aesthetically pleasing overall.
Cover Letter Sample
Typically a resume is accompanied by a cover letter. The cover letter gives the job seeker a chance to articulate why they are interested in that company and tell a more focused story as to how they are qualified for the job in a more personable documentation. The cover letter is an additive needed for the recruiter to see a bit of your personality, as you explain why you are a good fit for that particular role.
Use this Cover Letter Sample as a guide to structure your cover letter.