Your resume is a document that captures your education, experiences, involvement, and skills. Resumes are typically required when applying for part-time jobs, internships, and full-time positions, so you want your resume to be the best representation of you on paper! Your resume is always a work in progress - as you gain new experiences and add those to your resume, you'll remove older experiences that may not be as relevant to your career goals. We want you to be confident in your resume - please use the following information to assist you in developing or updating your resume.
Writing Bullet Points
Uploading Your Resume to HireaHawk.com
Curriculum Vitae (CV) Information
- Resumes 1:01 - View this quick 60 second overview of resume basics.
- 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 - Resume Writing Worksheet.pdf / Resume Writing Worksheet.doc - Utilize this worksheet to jot down content for your resume before you begin to work on the layout and format.
- Developing 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.
- Developing Your Resume to be compatible for Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) Software - These are used by many employers, including 95% of the Fortune 500.
- 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:
SKILL + What you DID + RESULTS/OUTCOME
(power verb) (job responsibility) (how/why)
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)
- Power Verbs - All bullet points should begin with a "power" or "action" verb that identifies your tasks (i.e., managed, assisted, supervised, planned). Not sure which power verb to use or stuck on the same one? View our list of power verbs
- Additional information for writing bullet points
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.
- Sample # 1- .pdf / word (editable) - Ideal resume for an incoming 1st year student. This sample highlights only high school experiences and is appropriate for seeking a part-time job on campus or in the community.
- Sample # 2 - .pdf / word (editable) - Ideal resume for a 1st or 2nd year student. This sample highlights both high school and college experiences and is appropriate for seeking a part-time job on campus or in the community.
- Sample # 3 - .pdf / word (editable) - Ideal resume for a 2nd or 3rd year student. This sample highlights a class project experience and is appropriate for seeking an internship.
- Sample # 4 - .pdf / word (editable) - Ideal resume for a 2nd or 3rd year student. This sample highlights athletic experience and is appropriate for seeking an internship.
- Sample # 5 - .pdf / word (editable) - Ideal resume for a 4th or 5th year student. This sample highlights an internship and is appropriate for seeking a full-time job.
- Sample # 6 - .pdf / word (editable) - Ideal resume for a 4th or 5th year student. This sample highlights lab and research experience and is appropriate for seeking a full-time job.
- Sample # 7 - .pdf / word (editable) - Ideal resume for a 4th or 5th year student. This sample highlights study abroad and research experience and is appropriate for seeking a full-time job.
- Sample # 8 - .pdf / word (editable) - Ideal resume for a 4th or 5th year student. This sample highlights professional and leadership experience and is appropriate for seeking a full-time job.
Other sample resumes by focus area:
- Strengths-based Resume .pdf and Strengths & Transferable Skills worksheet .pdf- Integrating your top 5 themes from Strengths into your resume, cover letter, and interview
- Alumni Resume.pdf
- Government Resume - .pdf / word (editable) - Government resumes may be 2-3 pages depending upon experiences and skills
- Nursing Resume - Nursing Resume / word (editable) - Nursing resumes may be 1-2 pages depending upon experiences and skills
- Education Resume Samples
- Engineering Resume Samples
The first resume you upload to HireaHawk.com will be reviewed by Career Center staff. Using our approval guidelines, it will be determined that your resume will either be:
Approved: Resume meets all criteria and is ready to be used for applications.
Approved with Reservations: Resume contains errors; it is approved but highly recommended that changes are made before submitting for applications.
Declined Approval: Resume contains major errors; it is not recommended that this resume be used for applications.
We will email you with suggested changes for improvements - you will then have the opportunity to revise your resume and upload it again. Once approved, you will be able to apply for positions. This review process can take up to one week. Even if you already have a resume, it will be beneficial for you to review our expectations. This will assist you with submitting a resume that gets approved quickly!
Top 10 Tips for Getting Your Resume Approved in HireaHawk.com (.pdf)
- Create your own resume format (do not use a template)
- Be one page in length
- Include your college degree
- Leave off high school, at a certain point
- Use bullet points to describe your experiences
- Include dates and locations for all experiences
- Be reverse chronological (start with newest experiences first)
- Be free of grammar and spelling errors
- Be free of references
- Utilize our sample resumes that you can edit to make your own
Rubric for Resume Approval on HireaHawk.com (.pdf
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 specifically 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 - .pdf
- Undergraduate Narrative CV Sample - .pdf
- Undergraduate Bulleted CV Sample - .pdf