“What format will you use to create your resume?”

Because many employers read resumes quickly, the order of the information on your resume is very important. Some industries prefer certain resume formats. Talk with your Career Center team to find out how you should format your resume. If you are still unsure, use the chronological format, as it is the most common. The main resume types are:

Recent Grad
  • Includes most important educational accomplishments
  • Provides work history in a chronological format
  • May include classes or projects relevant to the job you are applying for
  • Lists work experience from most recent to least recent
  • Good for people with recent related experience or no breaks in employment
  • Most commonly used resume format
  • Can make gaps in employment harder to explain
Functional Skills
  • Relates your skills to the employer’s needs
  • Good for people with a broad range of experience
  • Skill statements must be more descriptive as they are not presented in the context of a job

Regardless of how you format your resume, there should be no spelling or grammar errors. It should be clean, neat, and easy to read. Don’t use flashy paper or odd fonts.

The length of your resume will depend on your experience and the requirements of the job you are applying for. Potential employers may be turned off by wordy or unnecessarily long resumes. Try to keep your resume to one or two pages.

There are several ways to present your resume online, as well. LinkedIn is the most popular, and can also be an effective networking tool.



High School Grad
Recent College Grad
Functional Skills



Most resume bullet points start with the same words. Switch up a few of those common words and phrases with strong, compelling action verbs that will catch hiring managers’ eyes.

Check out the list below, and get ready to make your resume way more exciting!


Resume Check List
Resume Guide


Should I List My GPA?
  • That is up to you!
  • As a student or recent graduate your academic achievement will be one of your most important assets. The basic rule of thumb is “if you’ve got it, flaunt it;” it is appropriate to include your GPA on your resume if it is 3.0 or above.
Should I Add My Coursework?
  • It depends on the skills required, if by adding your coursework you are able to demonstrate that you have gained specific skills for that job, then it might be worth adding a few courses.
How Should I Title Each Section of My Resume?
  • Consider the titles and headers of your resume; be descriptive with each section
Is the Objective Section Required?
  • That is up to you, you can be more specific and consider it your summary (similar to LinkedIn) as well.
  • It’s not required, but an objective is useful for focusing the resume and the reader. Employers often say that they prefer resumes with objectives and they want them to be fairly specific. Not only do they not have time to try to figure out which of their many positions you might fit into; they also prefer to know what you are really interested in.
Where Do I Include My Awards and Honors?
  • If your awards and honors will demonstrate certain skills and expertise in a specific area you can add it to your resume.
Do I Include A Summary Section?
  • That is also up to you, it depends on what you will include and what the job is looking for. Many times, recruiters will scan through a resume and focus on the top 1/3 of your resume.
How many Pages Should My Resume Be?
  • For most people, keep it to 1 page, for PhD students, you can start using a second page if needed.
Can I Use The Same Resume For Different jobs?
  • No, please tailor your resume for each job. Use the job description to help.
Should I Add My Hobbies?
  • That is not needed unless your hobbies meet some of the criteria that the job description is looking for. You can share more about yourself in your cover letter or during the interview process.
What's The Best Resume Format?
  • There is no “best” format for all resumes–it depends on what you have done and what you are trying to accomplish. Usually, if you are applying to a more conservative industry (e.g. banking) or continuing along a prescribed career path in which you have gained some experience (engineering, for example), you’ll want to use a chronological resume. A skills/functional resume works well if you have little work experience, are entering a career that is very different from your educational path, or are changing careers.
Should I Include Jobs That Don't Relate To The Job I Am Seeking
  • Your resume should include sufficient experience to demonstrate your ability to do the job that you are applying for and to show yourself as a person with experience in the working world. Directly related experience is considered most valuable, but unrelated jobs can also help you to show that you have acquired necessary skills. If you are unsure which jobs to include, make an appointment with the TWD Manager:


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