Communicate your skills in writing.
Employers may review hundreds of resumes before selecting candidates to interview. How do you stand out?
A compelling resume highlights the knowledge, skills and accomplishments you've gained that match what the employer seeks. It should be well organized and error free and typically shouldn't be longer than one or two pages.
The format you choose depends on your professional goal, your background and what will best highlight your qualifications.Chronological
- the most widely used resume format and the format preferred by most recruiters
- items are arranged from most recent to least recent
- use when your experience and education are related to the type of work you seek
- include strong accomplishment statements about your experience relative to your professional goal
- stresses skills and abilities regardless of when they were developed
- list primary skills related to target position without chronology (actual work history should be briefly listed at end)
- use when changing careers or re-entering the job market
- emphasizes functional skills and chronological work history
- a more flexible format useful for those with diverse experiences
Identifying information: Your name, address, email and phone number(s). If appropriate, you may want to include your social media or portfolio addresses. If your resume is longer than one page, make sure your name and the page number appears on any additional pages.
Objective: There is much debate about including an objective on your resume. The objective is a “theme” statement that sets the tone for the rest of your resume. It is recommended for those who are clear about their career direction. If you are unclear or hope to use your resume for several types of positions, it is better to state your objective in the cover letter. An alternative is to include a targeted objective on each resume so it reﬂects a theme for each position. An objective may include the type of position you are seeking, either by ﬁeld or position title, and a phrase about the skills you wish to use. Convey what you bring to the job, not what you want from the job.
Education: Include degree(s) awarded, major or area of concentration, educational institution(s) attended, and dates attended or date of graduation. May also include relevant courses completed, honors/awards, special research or other projects, GPA (if 3.0 or above) and/or percentage of college expenses earned. If you are a recent graduate or are about to graduate and if you have little experience related to your chosen field, your education section precedes your experience section.
Professional Summary: Provides a high-level summary of your experience, talents, personal strengths and skills from different positions (employment, volunteer and as a student) as they relate to the job. The summary typically appears after your contact information and before your experience section. This arrangement allows the reader to see a connection between your summary and your experience.
Experience: Includes full-time work, part-time work, internships, and practical and/or volunteer experience. Keep job descriptions brief, strong and clear. Detail the level of responsibility and the breadth of exposure. Speciﬁc accomplishments and positive results are key to the accomplishment-based resume. The goal is to help the employer understand the skills you possess, the level of responsibility you have held and the accomplishments you have achieved. Strong verbs suggest strong action and should be used to introduce each new experience.
Special Categories: Publications, research, awards, certiﬁcations, professional memberships, military service, language proﬁciencies (both foreign and computer), special skills, extra-curricular activities and civic activities may enhance your resume if they serve to distinguish you or to support your career objective. If you have only one item, include it under your education section.
References: Never include reference names on your resume. Prepare a typed list of your references including name, position, title, company name, company address and telephone to take with you to the interview, but do not offer it to the employer unless requested. Contact three to four people who know you well enough to speak positively about your abilities and who will agree to act as a reference. Assist them by discussing your professional goal with them and giving them a copy of your resume. Concentrate on professional references as opposed to personal references. Faculty members, employment supervisors, internship supervisors, advisers, etc., all make good choices.
Clerical or Detailed Skills Communication Skills Creative Skills approved
Financial Skills Helping Skills Management Skills administered
Research Skills Teaching Skills Technical Skills clarified
- Be concise.
- Keep your resume length from one to two pages. Be judicious about what you include.
- Tailor your resume so it is relevant to the position you are applying for. Take time to incorporate items from the job announcement.
- Focus on the results of your work (paid and unpaid) as well as significant achievements and recognition/honors received. Quantify results whenever possible.
- Have many people read and provide feedback for content and spelling and grammatical errors–including a career counselor/coach (we're happy to help).
- Use a consistent format throughout your resume so that it can be easily read and understood.
- Provide adequate "white space" so your reader can make notes as needed in the margins or between sections.
- Use a font-point size within 10.5-12 range and keep your margins between 0.5 and 1 inch.
- Include current educational pursuits. If you are a student, don’t forget to add your school, the degree you are currently seeking and your anticipated completion date. Do not include transfer institutions unless a degree was earned.
- Only include information relevant to the position. Leave out personal information such as marital status, number of children, etc.
- If providing hard copies of your resume, ensure they are clean/clear of errant marks or smudges.
- Include a cover letter when submitting your resume.
Sample Resumes by Major
The resume samples below are real resumes that our students have worked on with UB career coaches and given us permission to publish. For some majors, we've provided alternative formats as examples, as each resume should be unique depending on your career goal. All identifying information has been changed to protect the student.
Program Sample Resume(s) Applied Information Technology Business Administration - Accounting Business Administration - Computer Information Systems Business Administration - Entrepreneurship
Business Administration - Finance Business Administration - General Business PDF | PDF Business Administration - Human Resource Management
Business Administration - International Business
Business Administration - Management
Business Administration - Marketing Business Administration - Pre-Law Community Studies and Civic Engagement Criminal Justice Digital Communications English Environmental Sustainability and Human Ecology
Forensic Document Analysis (CERT)
Government and Public Policy Health Systems Management History Human Services Administration Information Systems and Technology Management Integrated Arts Interdisciplinary Studies International Studies Jurisprudence PDF | PDF Psychology Publications Design (M.A.) PDF | PDF Philosophy, Society and Applied Ethics Real Estate and Economic Development Simulation and Game Design PDF | PDF
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Need help building your resume?
Start with the resume builder inside UBworks. You can choose from multiple templates and styles that are all customizable. To access the resume builder:
- Log in to MyUB and select the UBworks icon under "Tools."
- Select the resources tab and then select resume builder.
UBworks Policy Change
Starting October 25, 2016 the FIRST resume posted in UBworks must be approved by a CPDC Career Coach before you can apply to jobs. This will help ensure that you are presenting yourself professionally and with an eye towards succeeding in your job search now, and into the future.
Career coaches will review the resumes within 3-4 business days of being uploaded to UBworks. If your resume is approved, you will be able to begin applying to jobs in UBworks. If your resume is not approved, you will be sent feedback to help improve your document. Once you have addressed the areas of concern you can reload your resume. In some cases, you may be asked to meet with a Career Coach to discuss the necessary edits before applying to jobs in UBworks.