Writing a Resume


Writing a resume is an art that can be mastered. Providing a clear, concise picture of your experience and expertise can help you obtain jobs or other opportunities you are seeking.

Arrange your categories of information from the most important to the least. Begin by centering your name and contact information. Then add sections on education, work experience, memberships and leadership and service roles in professional associations, civic service, awards and honors and special skills. Lists of other accomplishments like publications, presentations, grant-funded research, art exhibits and musical or dramatic performances can also be included. If they are lengthy, they can also be placed in separate documents. Use reverse chronological order for information within categories. Readers can then see first what you’ve done most recently. At the end, list the names and contact information for two to three current or former employers or faculty or those with whom you’ve worked in associations or organizations. They should have granted their permission for you to mention them.

Use one font size and type throughout. A serif style like Times Roman 12 is attractive and readable.

Have your draft critiqued to ensure it presents a positive and professional image of you.

Keep your resume updated so that it’s always ready when you need it.