Chronological, Clear and Concise
A résumé summarizes your work history, educational background and personal talents. Employers use them to determine whether you’re a good candidate for the job.
List your employment history beginning with the most recent and then go backwards. Keep your sentences short and simple. Employers don’t want to spend much time figuring out what you’ve done. List only the most relevant information, and try to keep everything on one page (definitely no more than two pages). Use a spellchecker to look for typos, then have a friend read your edited resume.
There are other types of résumés. Please check the resources listed below or at left for more information.
|Chronological Resume (Minimalist design)|
|Download This Template from Microsoft Office|
|Download This Template from Primer Magazine|
|Download this Template from WooCV|
Visit these sites for more résumé writing tips:
- Resumes for Dummies Cheat Sheet
- Purdue University Online Writing Lab
- Berkeley University Career Center
If you want help putting your résumé together, visit one of these online résumé-building tools:
Microsoft Word Résumé Templates
Choose a résumé template from one of three categories: Basic Résumés, Situation-Specific Résumés, Job-Specific Résumés. Download a sample copy, save it in Microsoft Word and replace the information with your own. This site includes hundreds of templates for all sorts of résumés. If you are comfortable using Microsoft Word, this may be the option for you.
This site offers Free CV and Resume templates. With a few clicks you can download free sample resumes. They are easy to customize and there is a wide variety to choose from.
Dummies- Making Everything Easier
From the authors of "Resumes for Dummies", this website makes the "For Dummies" reference materials available online. Find helpful topics such as Resumes, Job Searching, Cover Letters, Other Job Letters, Job Interviews, and Job Salaries.
New York Career Zone
Enter your information into an easy online form, and then get a résumé in Word, PDF or HTML. You can’t customize the look of your résumé much here, but it delivers a good résumé and is very easy to use. Check out the site map for more useful career tools available on this site.
Create a simple account, and then enter information to build your résumé. This site lets you build multiple résumés, customize the look and feel, store résumés online, distribute them to employers directly from the site and get a free website link to each résumé. Tips pop up as you enter your content, and the upper right hand corner of the résumé builder lets you print a copy or download it in most common formats (Microsoft Word, PDF) or print.
Testing and Education Reference Center
Enter your information and get a Microsoft Word document with your résumé when you finish. This tool also lets you choose between a government or non-government résumé, 14 different style/layout options, and getting a web page version of your résumé, too. The Testing and Education Reference Center is free with your library card -- you will be required to create a personal account. After you log on, visit Careers (navy blue bar at top) and Online Résumé Builder to get started.
Learning Express Library Résumé Course
Want to learn more? This two-hour course covers the purpose of a résumé and the three main formats. If you fill out each exercise in this course accurately, you can download a copy of your new résumé in PDF format at the end. You can also get a text document to paste into a Word-processing program. You will need to format and edit it on your own after that. Learning Express is free with your library card -- you will be required to create a personal account. Take this tutorial to learn more and get started.