Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Resume | Curriculum Vitae (CV) | References & Letters of Recommendation

Resume Overview:

A resume is a document designed to provide an overview of relevant experiences to potential employers.

For more sample resumes specific to majors, please visit Career Services. Schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor for more resume help.

What should I include on my resume?

The answer… it depends. It is wise to create a resume early in your academic career to document all of the places you have worked/volunteered, experiences you have had, skills you have gained, and achievements you have accomplished. However, you should NEVER turn in a general resume listing everything you have ever done; you should ALWAYS tailor your resume to highlight experiences and skills that are relevant to the specific job/internship description.

Here are some steps to help you create a great resume:

  1. Look at the job or internship description and highlight the specific skills/qualifications you have that the employer is looking for in an applicant.
  2. Review your general resume and identify the experiences (paid or unpaid) that best represent those skills/qualifications.
  3. Create your tailored resume. Make sure the most relevant experiences are at the top of your resume and least relevant are at the bottom.
  4. Get your resume critiqued by a Career Counselor at Career Services.

Quick resume tips:

  • Usually 1 page in length, unless enough experience to fill a full two pages
  • Tailor your resume to the desired position  
  • Easy to read font (e.g., Times New Roman, Courier New, Cambria- 11-12 font)
  • Margins no less than 0.5” and no more than 1”
  • Free of typos and grammatical errors

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Curriculum Vitae (CV) Overview:

A Curriculum Vita (CV) is a comprehensive biographical statement emphasizing professional qualifications, memberships, and activities. It is similar to a resume, but often used in academic settings and by those with advanced degrees. A CV's length may vary, with experienced professionals’ CV’s often reaching over 10 pages in length.

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References & Letters of Recommendation

References are professionals who can speak to your skills, strenghts, and qualifications. Some examples of professionals who may provide references for you are:

  • Employers/Supervisors
  • Internship Supervisors
  • Research Advisors
  • Faculty Members
  • Co-workers

Remember to provide references that are relevant to the job you are applying for; people who will be able to speak to your skills and qualifications for the type of work you will be performing.

References should be listed on a separate page from your resume. Include your resume heading with your name and contact information, then list your references.

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