The purpose of a resume is to highlight your skills and experience, and ultimately secure an interview. Most employers look at resumes for 10-15 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 our Resume Outline (PDF) and the Resume Brainstorming Worksheet to start gathering the 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.

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.

Need help getting started?

Not certain how to start or want to perfect it?  Schedule an appointment in Handshake to meet with a Career Counselor.


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