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Resume Prep

Resume Prep

Types of Resumes

Chronological (most common)
Functional (alternative format for time gaps or career jumps)


  • Length: 1 page (unless you have a significant amount of experience)
  • Font: Professional font (e.g. Arial, Calibri, Times New Romans), 10-12 point size
  • Margins: ½ inch to 1 inch

PART 1: Resume Requirements

  • Full Name, at the top of the resume
    Your name should be in BOLD and slightly larger
  • Professional Email address
    Strongly recommend first and last name or combination with initials (and number if needed) ie is NOT professional
  • Telephone number (only list one)
    Be sure to record an appropriate voicemail greeting
  • Website or LinkedIn page (optional)
    If you have a professional website or LinkedIn page, list it on your resume

First section on your resume as a current student

  • Only list current educational institution or those where you earned a degree
  • Write out full degree and year completed
    List High School Diploma
    Bachelor of Arts or Science – not BS or BA
  • GPA is optional (only list if your GPA is above a 3.0)


  • Most important section on your resume
  • List experiences you want to describe using 2 or more bullets
  • List experiences in reverse chronological order
  • Start all bullets with a specific action verb
  • Experiences can include
    • Part-time or full-time jobs
    • Internships
    • Leadership experiences
    • Volunteer experiences

When listing your experience, always include:

  • Company/organization name
  • City/State of company/organization
  • Your title/role
  • Dates you worked there (only provide month/year)
  • Be sure to list a minimum of 2 bullet points per experience


Employers want to know what are your unique advantages

  • Technical
    What computer/tech skills do you have?
  • Languages
    Be specific – Are you fluent, intermediate?

Job specific
What skills do you have that are common in your field?
Check job descriptions to see what companies look for



  • Include scholarships, honor societies, and awards
  • Do not list monetary amounts awarded


  • List activities you are involved in at your school or in the community
  • Extracurricular, volunteer, leadership (include any positions held)
  • Dates are not necessary for this section
  • If this activity was really meaningful, consider making it an experience

Do you have any of these? If so, list them on your resume!

  • Licenses
  • Certifications
  • Relevant coursework
  • Professional Associations
  • Publications/Presentation



  • Contact information
  • Education
  • Experience
  • Skills
  • Certifications
  • Relevant awards

OPTIONAL (depending on experience)

  • Honors
  • Volunteer work
  • Coursework
  • Research


  • Do highlight your most relevant experiences
  • Do use action verbs
  • Do use facts, numbers, and data whenever possible
  • Do include volunteer or other relevant non-paid experiences
  • Do customize your resume to the position/company


  • Don’t underestimate your experiences
  • Don’t lie or stretch the truth
  • Don’t use general statements or expressions
  • Don’t have typos or grammatical errors
  • Don’t include obvious skills such as Microsoft Word