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Resumes

Often, the first step in the job search process is writing a résumé. It’s important to know how to write an effective résumé, and also to start one as soon as you can. Ideally, you can add items to your résumé as you go along your educational pathway. (These specific step-by-step instructions, as well as sample résumés, are also available to assist you.)

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What is a résumé?
  • A portrayal of you, your skills, abilities, experience, and education
What should a résumé include?

Required Elements

  • Name and contact information, including email address
  • Education
  • Experience, whether paid, volunteer, part-time or full-time
  • Skills - computer, language, etc.
  • Activities that highlight your skills, such as leadership skills, positions of responsibility

Optional Elements

  • Objective
  • Related Coursework
  • URL for your website (where applicable)
  • Honors and Awards
Length

Typically, a résumé is one page long for recent or soon-to-be graduates however, there are exceptions. Speak to your Career Counselor for more details.

Additional resources

CV/Curriculum Vitae - is it just an expanded résumé and why do I need one?

Résumé Approved - what is this and how do I get my résumé spproved?