Here’s a quick and simple guide to creating an effective resume that allows you to communicate your skills, contributions, and experiences to employers. Click here if you’d like to see a few examples before reading this guide.
1. Two Resume Types
Decide the resume style you prefer to use, based on the message you want to convey to employers:
- Chronological – Highlights information starting with the most recent. This method is most commonly used among students and is recommended for your first resume.
- Functional – Highlights information by placing them in skill categories (e.g. sales experience, design experience).
2. Formatting Your Word Document
Keep the following rules of thumb in mind when preparing the resume:
- Margins – Top: 0.8″ – 1″; Sides and Bottom: 0.5″ – 1″.
- Font Size and Style – 10-12; simple, readable fonts (e.g., Calibri, Georgia, Arial, Cambria, Times New Roman.
- Balance – Make sure there are no excessive white spaces on your resume.
- Length – Undergraduate level – 1 page; Graduate and Ph.D. – 2 pages; Education, Nursing and Medicine can have more than one page.
- Order – Heading, Objective (if needed), and Education are listed in that order, before any other sections.
3. How to Organize Content on Your Resume
- The top two-thirds of your resume will contain the most important content on your resume.
- The sections you feel an employer would want to see should go first (e.g. your Projects section may go before your Experiences section).
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Purdue CCO (@PurdueCCO) November 04, 2014