What Is A Resume?

A resume is a self-designed summary of your personal, educational, and employment qualifications.  A resume should tell: who you are, what you know, what you do well, and what you want to do.  Your resume should concisely present this information in order to obtain an interview.

What information sections can be included in the resume?

You can choose what information sections to include in your resume as well as what you wish to name each section.  Be sure to see the sample student resumes for further clarification.

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The Heading

This section is the first piece of information an employer sees.  It includes your name (centered, bold) address (present and/or permanent), email address, and telephone number. Remember when giving employers your cell phone number, that they may get your voicemail instead of you.  Does your voicemail present a professional view of you? 



The Career Objective

Include what you are seeking (type of job or internship) and what you have to offer in terms of experience or skills.  A separate resume can be written for each job position sought.  It is advisable to use specific objectives to demonstrate a sense of focus. 




Include the name of the university attended, majors, minors, and concentrations.  Regarding your GPA, many employers of students and new graduates expect to have this included in the resume. This is also  where you will list any study abroad experience.  List the university, city, and country, and the semester of  study.


Include this section if you are competent in a foreign language, or have computer skills beyond Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel such as Adobe Photoshop, Quark, programming skills, etc.

Relevant Experience

Under each work experience listing, identify job title, name of employer, location, and the dates of employment.  Be sure to use action verbs in describing the responsibilities of each position and to highlight accomplishments. 

Click here for a list of action verbs.

Additional Experience or Employment Section

This is typically a list of  "one-liners."  It will include places of employment that weren't as significant such as Desk Aide.  This should, however, be written in the same format as the Relevant Experience section but without the descriptive bullets.

Activities and Honors

This section includes everything else.  Be sure to list academic honors such as scholarship recipient and Dean's List first.  (Even if you've only made Dean's List one semester, it should still be listed.)  Dates are included if you held a leadership position listed in this section. 

What about references?

Generally, do no not include reference information unless it has been requested.  However, you should be prepared to provide this information.  Remember never to give someone's name without their permission!  Try to keep your references informed about your job search and tell them names of persons and organizations to whom you've given their names.

What is the "correct" resume format to use?

There is no one right way to construct a resume!  There are hundreds of styles to choose from.  As a result, you are able to choose the style that best represents you!

Click here for Sample Student Resumes (pdf)