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Resume Guidelines

A resume is not meant to be an autobiography but rather a presentation of the highlights of your experience and schooling. It needs to be updated and rewritten as often as necessary.

 

There are three main styles of resumes:

  • The chronological resume is a resume that highlights an applicant's work history starting from the most recent work experience listed in reverse chronological order. It works well for students and new graduates.
  • The functional resume is a resume that highlights an applicant's specific experience and skills rather than a chronological listing of work history experience. Functional resumes are often used to emphasize specific experience or to de-emphasize limited experience. It lists your work competencies in a cluster-type format and is helpful to those making a career change or gaps in work history.
  • The combination resume utilizes both chronological and functional formats. 

Recent college graduates often use the Chronological or Chrono-Functional combined formats.

Some basic guidelines are:

Do

  • List a job objective or profile summary statement
  • TRY to keep the resume to one page, it may need to be two
  • Use a reasonable font size (10, 11, or 12)
  • Use standard fonts that are easy to read
  • Print resume/cover letter on paper designed for resumes/cover letters
  • Include your e-mail address (a professional one)
  • Prepare three draft copies, have others review the final draft
  • List work history including paid and unpaid internships
  • Use reverse chronological order to list education and work history

Don’t

  • Do NOT include photographs or graphic art
  • Do NOT repeat items that may appear in your cover letter
  • Do NOT include personal information such as health, age, or marital status
  • Do NOT use abbreviations or acronyms
  • Do NOT include references on resume