The purpose of a resume is to highlight your skills and experience, and ultimately secure an interview. Most employers look at resumes for 6-10 seconds, so it needs to be visually appealing and grab the reader’s attention. There’s no one way to craft a resume, but you do want to make sure that it accurately describes your talents and abilities in a way that addresses the reader’s needs.

Not sure where to begin? Use these resources to start gathering information you'll need for your resume.

After you have a draft of your resume, use these guidelines to refine and polish your resume.

Looking for inspiration? Check out our sample resumes.

For industry specific resumes, check out these resources:

When preparing your resume it makes sense to compile a list of references as well. Although you don’t have to provide a list of references unless a potential employer asks, it is a good idea to have one ready when you go to an interview. Review these tips:

Curriculum Vitae

You may also need to create a curriculum vitae (CV), especially if you are applying for academic, education, scientific, or research positions.  A CV is also commonly used when applying for scholarships, fellowships, and grants.


Want feedback on a draft?

For feedback on a draft of your resume, here is a How To video on uploading your document to your Handshake profile.  You'll hear from a CEO team member within two business days.

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Not certain how to start or want to perfect it?  Schedule an appointment in Handshake to meet with a member of the CEO team.



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