Résumés

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Sample Résumés


Additional Examples:

Element of A Résumé

Categories that Must be included on a résumé

  • Name, one address, phone number and e-mail. Add a second address if you are getting ready to move, but include dates you will be residing at each address.
  • Education includes degree, institution, location of institution, G.P.A. (if > 3.0), and date of graduation.
  • Experience arranged in reverse chronological order with the most recent dates first.

Categories that Should Not be included on a résumé

  • Demographic data such as Height, weight, age, marital status, sex, race, health
  • picture of yourself
  • *social security number
  • *salary
  • reasons for leaving previous job

* Some demographic data are required for Federal or International resumes. Contact us for more information.

Categories that Could be included on a résumé

  • Summary of Skills or Profile allows you to showcase your most relevant skills and experience at the top of your resume so employers can easily see it.
  • Leadership/Activities include student government, fraternities, sororities, sports, bands, clubs, and organizations.
  • Honors, Awards, Foreign Languages, Research Projects, Publications
  • Computer Skills includes the software packages that you are able to use. For example: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

Additional Headings for résumé


Academic Background
Achievements
Activities
Additional Skills
Affiliations
Certifications
Community Service and Activities
Computer Languages
Computer Skills
Credentials
Education
Exhibits and Shows
Experience
Honors and Awards
Interests

Internship Experience
Languages
Leadership
Military Service
Presentations
Publications
References
Related Courses
Research Experience
Scholarships
Special Skill(s)
Study Abroad
Travel Abroad
Volunteer Activities
Workshops Attended

Checklist for A Winning Résumé:

Resume Checklist & Rubric - Print this for a checklist/guide. You should be able to answer "Yes" to every question on the checklist. This is also the checklist that our career coaches use when doing resume reviews with CTR students

Action Verbs List

Example of Accomplishments

Weak Strong
Responsibilities included customer service Provided customer service through resolution of problems, explanation of bank services and policies, and knowledge of financial planning, resulting in greater customer satisfaction. Selected as Customer Service Employee of the Month for June, August, and October.
Duties included monitoring staff retention programs Implemented strategic staff monitoring and incentive programs which resulted in: enhanced staff morale; optimized productivity levels by 77%; and reduced staff turnover by 20%.
Responsible for Clerical Duties Successfully designed and implemented systems to streamline office procedures, increasing productivity.
I was responsible for marketing program to new clients. Developed a creative marketing strategy that increased customer base by 18%.

Links to Great Résumé Information:

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

In the US, a resume is a short summary of education and work experience and a CV is a longer document with more details with many possible categories, depending on profession. Oftentimes CV refers to an academic resume. In Europe, resume and CV are used interchangeably.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Curriculum Vitae 2 (pdf)
CV Template (pdf)