Career Resources

Career Resources

Résumé Writing

Résumés serve as written advertisements of you and your qualifications with the goal of securing job interviews. Employers typically spend less than 30 seconds initially reviewing résumés they receive. That means, job seekers have to make sure there résumés communicate the most important points quickly. One challenge of writing résumés is that no two people view résumés from exactly the same perspective. For that reason, if you receive conflicting advice about your résumé, don’t be surprised (and try not to be frustrated). Take the differing perspectives into consideration and develop a résumé that communicates what you want it to.

Whether you are writing your first résumé or fine tuning an existing résumé for your current pursuits, help is available.


 

 
 
Résumé Tips:

Worksheet for developing your résumé (MS Word)

Sample résumés

Click on the yellow markings for comments


Résumé critiques. Having a neutral party review your résumé prior to submitting it is an effective way of ensuring you are presenting yourself at your best.
résumé Assistance - Three options:

Résumés vs. Curricula Vitae (CVs) in the US:

Similarities and Differences

In the United States resumes and curricula vitae (CV) have similar purposes – to educate the reader about individuals backgrounds and qualifications. In the US CVs are typically used in academic and health care settings; resumes are typically used in all other settings (outside the US a CV is widely required for job searching). Both include contact information, degrees earned, work experiences and the skills gained through those experiences. And, both can include a number of other topics including, Research, Publications, Teaching Experiences, Honors, Presentations, Training, Community Service, Professional Affiliations, and Skills such as languages and computers. However, the goal of a resume is to communicate only that which is directly relevant and in the most concise manner possible – both topically and within each topic. The goal of a curriculum vitae is to provide a full background. This more expansive document would include all of these topics (as long as you have data to include under them) and within them you would provide a full listing.
As a result, the length of these different orientations, a résumé should be 1-2 pages in length; while a CV is typically more than 2 pages with no limit to the length. The visual nature of a resume is typically much more important, as the amount of data “crammed” into 1-2 pages must be easy to read; therefore, formatting and highlighting are essential. Though CVs should be attractive to the reader, the visual nature is less stressed. For either a résumé or a CV, the document should be carefully proofread; and, your name and the page number should appear at the bottom or top of each page after the initial page (full contact information is not necessary or recommended on each page).


Use this guide to ensure your résumé or curriculum vitae markets you effectively:

 

Topic

Résumé

CV

Complete Contact Information: Name, address, email and phone

Yes

Yes

Objective

Optional

Optional*

Summary/Highlights of Qualifications

Optional

Optional*

Statement of Philosophy

No, perhaps in cover letter

Optional*

Education: degrees, institutions

Yes

Yes

GPA

If over a 3.0

Yes

Research

If applicable to the type of role you seek

Yes

Honors/Awards/Recognitions

Optional

Yes

Teaching Experiences

If applicable to the type of role you seek

Yes

Clinical Experiences

Yes

No

Work Experiences

Yes

Yes

Co-Curricular Experiences

Yes

Yes

Community Service Experiences

Yes

Yes

Skills gained through experiences (Teaching, Clinical, Work, Co-Curricular, Community Service)

If applicable to the type of role you seek

If applicable to the type of role you seek

Publications

If applicable to the type of role you seek

Yes

Presentations

If applicable to the type of role you seek you seek

Yes

Professional Affiliations

If applicable to the type of role you seek

Yes

Language Skills

Yes

Yes

Computer Proficiencies

If applicable to the type of role you seek

Yes

References

No. Have a separate page that you send only when requested

Yes

Length

1-2 pages

3 or more pages

 

 

 * Though the objective, Summary and Statement of Philosophy are each optional on a CV, at least one of the three should be included.

 
 

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