The Basics of a Résumé

A résumé is a sample of your writing skills and should represent your best work. Thus, it should be professional: clear, concise, consistent, error-free, and up-to-date. You can have your resume quickly reviewed by going to the career networking center or sign up for a full appointment via Tutortrac.

The following guidelines are meant to assist you in presenting yourself professionally to potential employers and/or experience providers and to help you show them how you meet their needs.

Many different ideas exist on the proper procedure and style for creating a résumé. Some people insist on one thing, some on another.

So who's right? Your audience.

Though the style you use and the information you include in a résumé is ultimately yours, the most important thing you can do, in all phases of the job search, is to know the needs of your audience and tailor your résumé accordingly.

Chronological Résumés

To learn how to write a powerful chronological résumé, utilize the Writing a Résumé guide and the Anatomy of Effective Chronological Résumés checklist PDF documents.

Skills-based Résumés

To learn about when skills-based résumés are appropriate and how to get started writing one, utilize the Skills-based Résumé Guide and Checklist

Curriculum Vitae (CV) Samples

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