Resumes are typically required when applying for part-time jobs, internships, and full-time positions. They capture all of your relevant experiences, so you want your resume to be the best representation of you on paper! Your resume is always a work in progress!

Uploading your Resume to Handshake

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2. Click on Documents

3. Click on Add New Document

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(you will also need to set your profile to public in your privacy settings)
If you receive an error message, make sure there are no special characters in the name and convert to a .pdf before uploading

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10 Tips for a Great Resume

  1. Create your own resume format (do not use a template)
  2. Be one page in length
  3. Include your college degree
  4. Leave off high school, at a certain point
  5. Use bullet points to describe your experiences
  6. Include dates and locations for all experiences
  7. Be reverse chronological (start with newest experiences first)
  8. Be free of grammar and spelling errors
  9. Be free of references
  10. Utilize our sample resumes that you can edit to make your own

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If you would like to have your resume reviewed, please complete this online request

If you would prefer to meet with someone or if you have a time sensitive request, schedule a meeting with a Career Peer Advisor

Getting Started

What does a college resume look like?

Not sure what information to include on your resume or how to structure your experiences? Check out our ResumeGuidelines.pdf of what you need to know. 

Resume Writing Worksheet

Utilize this worksheet to jot down content for your resume before you begin to work on the layout and format: Resume Writing Worksheet.pdf / Resume Writing Worksheet.docx

Developing and Formatting your Resume

We recommend NOT using a template to develop your resume. Templates usually place your information in an odd order and can be difficult to revise when you have new experiences to add. Instead, we encourage you to create your own document that gives you the freedom for adjustment as needed. Please view our Sample Resumes for examples that you can edit to make your own.

Formatting Your Resume in Microsoft Word: AdjustingMargins.docx / LineSpacing.docx

Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) Software Tips

Over 98% of Fortune 500 organizations use ATS software. To get an interview with a large organization, you have to be savvy about how you customize, format and submit your resume. Keywords and simple formatting are key. 

Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) Software Tips Over 98% of Fortune 500 organizations use ATS software. To get an interview with

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Writing Bullet Points

Adding bullet points to describe your experiences is a great way to highlight your duties, responsibilities, and accomplishments. Writing strong bullet points can be tricky though, because they need to be descriptive, yet brief.

Think about adding the Who, What, When, Where, Why or How and use the formula below for writing detailed bullet points:

All bullet points should begin with a "power" or "action" verb that identifies your tasks
(i.e., managed, assisted, supervised, planned).

 

 

 

SKILL

(power verb)

+

What you DID

(job responsibility)

+

RESULTS/OUTCOME

(how/why)

 

 

Power Verbs

Bullet Points Examples

Basic: Assisted with inventory (missing the what and when)
Great: Assisted with weekly and monthly inventory of 500+ medical supplies (answers the what and when)

Basic: Provided quality customer service (missing the how)
Great: Provided quality customer service by addressing questions, complaints and acting quickly to solve problems (answers the how)

Sample Resumes

Please view our sample resumes to provide a guide in creating your own resume.

You may not have the variety of experiences you see showcased on our sample resumes and that's okay! Remember, your resume can only capture YOUR past and present experiences, so it's perfectly fine to not have a particular section on your resume (but maybe this is an experience to gain in the future!). You may find it most helpful to select a sample resume that matches your current experiences and is tailored to the type of position you might be seeking.

This sample is ideal for incoming first year students and is appropriate for seeking a part-time job on  campus or in the community.

PDF / Word .doc

This sample is ideal for a 1st or 2nd year student and is appropriate for seeking a part-time job on campus or in the community.

PDF / Word .doc (editable)

This sample is ideal for a 2nd or 3rd year student and is appropriate for seeking an internship.

PDF / Word .doc (editable)

This sample is ideal for a 2nd or 3rd year student and is appropriate for seeking an internship.

PDF / Word .doc (editable)

This sample is ideal for a 4th or 5th year student and is appropriate for seeking a full-time job.

PDF / Word .doc (editable)

This sample is ideal for a 4th or 5th year student and is appropriate for seeking a full-time job.

PDF / Word .doc (editable)

This sample is ideal for a 4th or 5th year student and is appropriate for seeking a full-time job.

PDF / Word .doc (editable)

This sample is ideal for a 4th or 5th year student and is appropriate for seeking a full-time job. 

PDF / Word .doc (editable)

Nursing Resume

Nursing resumes may be 1-2 pages depending upon experiences and skills

PDF / Word .doc (editable)

Other Resources

Alumni Resume.pdf

Education Resume Samples

Engineering Resume Samples

Strengths-based Resume

Integrating your top 5 themes from Strengths into your resume, cover letter, and interview

Strengths-based Resume.pdf

Strengths & Transferable Skills Worksheet.pdf 

Government Resume

Government resumes may be 2-3 pages depending upon experiences and skills

PDFWord .doc (editable)

Curriculum Vitae (CV) Information

What is a CV?

A CV is a comprehensive, biographical statement emphasizing your professional qualifications and activities.

In general, a CV includes more information than a resume and can range from 2-50 pages in length depending on experience. Rather than focusing on work history, a CV provides a summary of one’s educational and academic background by highlighting teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, professional affiliations, and academic honors. 

CVs are also typically written in a more narrative, paragraph format, as opposed to the quick bullet points found on resumes. 

In addition, an international CV may look quite different from an American CV and usually includes personal details such as age, marital status, religious affiliation, and a photo. 

A CV should only be used when requested

This might occur in the following instances:

  • Applications for admission to graduate or professional programs
  • Proposals for fellowships or grants 
  • Applications for international employment
  • Independent consulting in a variety of settings
  • Providing information related to professional activities (i.e., applications for professional memberships and leadership positions, and presentations at professional conferences)
  • Applications for positions in academia, including:
    • Higher education positions in teaching and research
    • Institutional research and consulting
    • School administration (i.e., elementary or secondary principals, superintendents, deans of schools)

CV: Sections to Include

CV: Sections to Include

Contact Information
Name, address(es), phone number(s) and email

Education
List academic degrees beginning with the degree in progress or most recently earned. Include: Name of institution, city & state, degree type and area of concentration, and month/year degree was (or will be) received. If your GPA is 3.0 or higher, it's appropriate to include.

Certifications

Honors and Awards

Relevant Experience

Other Experience

Grants Received

Professional Associations

Publications

Research

Educational Travel

Community Involvement

Leadership Experience

Qualifications or Skills