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:
- 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
- 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