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Resumes & CVs

Resumes

Creating a resume can feel like a challenging task: different people give different advice about the same resume, and when you finally submit your resume, employers typically spend less than 30 second initially reviewing it. The process can be frustrating, but whether you’re writing your resume for the first time or fine-tuning it, help is available!

Writing Tips

  • Resumes should be a page in length. If you feel you need more than one page to present your qualifications, meet with a career counseling officer who will review your resume and advise you on where to consolidate certain items.
  • Use action verbs to convey your qualifications, making your resume skill-oriented.
  • List your experiences (education, work, and co-curricular) in reverse chronological order — from most recent to least recent.
  • After sophomore year, your resume should omit high school experiences and focus more on experiences you’ve gained while in college.
  • Make sure your resume is legible. Use universal fonts likes Times or Arial and add emphasis by utilizing white space, bold, italics, and underline.
  • Proofread to ensure your resume is free of grammatical and/or typographical errors.

Use this worksheet to develop your resume.

Sample Resumes

The following PDFs include additional comments in yellow markings to help you format your resume.

Review

Have a neutral party review your resume before submitting it. You can do this by:

  • Attending a resume writing workshop.
  • Meeting with a career counseling officer for a one-on-one review.
  • Emailing your resume as an attachment to a career counseling officer who will return it back to you within two business days.

Curricula Vitae vs. Resumes

Resumes and curricula vitae (CVs) have similar purposes in the U.S.: to educate the reader about the individual’s background and qualifications. Despite these core similarities, resumes and CVs have key differences.

Area of DifferenceCVResume
Uses in the U.S.Academic and health care settingsAll other settings
GoalProvide a full backgroundConcisely communicate relevant information
LengthNo limit1-2 pages
Visual natureNot as stressed, although CVs should be attractive to the readerImportant since the amount of data “crammed” into 1-2 pages must be easy to read

Content

Use this guide to ensure your resume or CV markets you effectively:

TopicResumeCV
Complete contact information: name, address, email, and phone*YesYes
ObjectiveOptionalOptional**
Summary and highlights of qualificationsOptionalOptional**
Statement of philosophyNo, perhaps in cover letterOptional**
Education: degrees and institutionsYesYes
GPAIf over a 3.0Yes
ResearchIf applicable to the type of role you seekYes
Honors, awards, and recognitionsOptionalYes
Teaching experiencesIf applicable to the type of role you seekYes
Clinical experiencesOptionalNo
Work experiencesYesYes
Co-curricular experiencesYesYes
Community service experiencesYesYes
Skills gained through experiences like teaching, clinical, work, co-curricular, and community serviceIf applicable to the type of role you seekIf applicable to the type of role you seek
PublicationsIf applicable to the type of role you seekYes
PresentationsIf applicable to the type of role you seek you seekYes
Professional affiliationsIf applicable to the type of role you seekYes
Language skillsYesYes
Computer proficienciesIf applicable to the type of role you seekYes
ReferencesNo, have a separate page that you send only when requestedYes
Length1-2 pages3 or more pages

*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.

**Though the objective, summary, and statement of philosophy are each optional on a CV, at least one of the three should be included.