Not sure what a resume is? Need help creating or editing your resume? Below you will find a few sample resumes that you can use as you start to craft your own. Each resume is slightly different in its style and layout so we encourage you to check each sample out to see what would work best for your resume. Use the "Getting Started" resources if you are new to resume writing or are not sure what to include. These will help build your resume to ensure you include and highlight on the most relevant and important experiences.
Also below you will find FAQs that can be used to help develop your resume. A solid resume is important to landing you an interview, so make sure your resume is tailored to the job you are applying to.
Not sure if your resume is up to par, or need a second set of eyes? Stop into the Department of Career Development to have your resume looked at by our career mentors during our drop-in hours, or make an appointment by calling the office at (585) 245-5721.
|Resume Worksheet||Just the Facts|
|Resume Guide||Skills and Characteristics||Resume Packet|
|Resume vs. CV|
Templates by Class Year
|Athlete/Greek (Underclassmen)||Business Administration (Sophomore)||STEM (Freshmen/Sophomore)|
|Education (Freshmen)||Part-Time Jobs (Underclassmen)|
What is a résumé?expand_more
A résumé serves as a highly polished, professionally written presentation of your qualifications to prospective employers. Keep in mind that friends, family, faculty, recruiters – almost everyone has an opinion about what constitutes the "perfect" résumé. No such document exists. A strong résumé needs to focus on the needs of the employer.
Why do I need one?expand_more
To portray your professional and academic achievements. Your résumé is not a list of every single thing you’ve accomplished; it is formatted to best portray your skills and abilities for the specific job you seek. Employers typically take around 10 seconds to review a résumé. You want to make sure it is direct, appealing, and to the point.
Should I have more than one résumé?expand_more
Yes! Alter your résumé to fit the needs of different job applications. Some of your experiences may relate more to the position you are applying to, and others are unnecessary and are taking up room that could be better used. Also, always continue to edit your résumé. It is an ever-changing document and should be updated on a regular basis.
What are some Career Development resources?expand_more
Check out the templates and instructional sheets in the tabs for help on writing a resume.
What are some tips for writing a résumé?expand_more
Most college students and recent graduates will have a one-page résumé. If you find yourself needing two pages, be sure to fill more than half of the second page. If your second page only contains a line or two, consider adjusting the margins or font size to fit onto one, concise page. Also, additional information can be added to your professional LinkedIn page. LinkedIn is a great way to network with others and inquire about openings. Always attach a link to your résume.
A visually appealing résumé is very important. Use a consistent font throughout, preferable Times New Roman, limit the font size to no smaller than 10pt, and do not use colors. Use bolding, italics, and underlining when appropriate; there is no need to overdo these features. Be sure to balance the page, meaning to use the full page to its extent by avoiding long, blocked off paragraphs. Use bullets and consider columns. Everyone’s style is different, but it should be pleasing to the eye and easy to read.
Order of Experiencesexpand_more
Order the résumé in reverse chronological order. This means the résumé will begin with your most recent experience, and end with your oldest. Expand the most upon your relevant positions and avoid going too in depth about the least relevant.
Avoid phrases such as, “My duties included…” or, “Responsible for…” Do not use personal pronouns such as “I” or “My”. Be careful not to use words that exaggerate your responsibilities. Begin each bullet with an action verb and use present/past tenses appropriately. Carefully proofread for spelling, grammar and spacing errors. One mistake can cost you an interview.
If you’re delivering your résumé by hand or mail, print on high quality bond 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper in white or off-white colors. Your résumé and cover letter paper, as well as your envelope, should match. The Department of Career Development offers this paper free to students. When sending electronically, change the Word document to a PDF to preserve the formatting.
What should I not include?expand_more
This is an outdated feature on résumés and should be excluded. It can be covered in your cover letter.
2. Summary of qualifications
This is shown throughout your résumé and cover letter. It does not need to be written out in a section on your résumé.
3. High school Degree/Accomplishments
It is recommended to remove after the end of your sophomore year of college. However, it can remain on if you’ve had serious accomplishments in high school or, perhaps, are applying to a position at that school.
Anything during high school after your sophomore year of college should be removed. This saves room for more relevant positions that relate to a future career.
Soft skills such as ‘Good Listener’, ‘Hard-Worker’, ‘Trustworthy’ are expressed in the cover letter. Your résumé is designated to hard skills such as software’s or languages.
If asked, include at least 3 professional/academic references on a separate page.