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Creating a Resume

A resume is a personal marketing tool used to demonstrate the skills and the value you bring to a company. The main purpose of a resume is to secure an interview.

Two Types of Resumes

  • Chronological

    • Traditional, and most popular. Cite education and employment from the most recent back, showcasing dates and employers. A good fit for most business majors. 
  • Functional

    • Ability-focused topics. Showcase functions and skills that the employer wants. It does not follow a chronological order. This type of format works well for those who are in a career transition, ex-military personnel, or lack work experience in the field.

Format & Design

Using a resume template is discouraged. Sample resumes are a useful tool to create your own, but reviewers can easily spot an applicant with a filled in template.

  • Length: Limit resume to 1 page (Graduate and Ph.D may have more then 1 page).
  • Margins: No less than .5 inches wide all around. White space is important on the page to improve appearance and readability.
  • Font size: Between 10 - 12 points; “Name” between 14 - 16, to increase visibility.
  • Font style: Serif Fonts (Book Antigua, Georgia, or Garamond) or Sans Serif (Arial, Verdana, Calibri). Be aware that choosing a fancier style may not be read by ATS (applicant tracking system) software.
  • Bullets: Separating accomplishment statements with bullets allows the reader to scan your document with ease. Choose traditional style bullets and use only one style throughout your document.
  • Spaces: Insert only one space after a period.

Hiring managers and recruiters scan resumes in seconds or put them through a computer tracking system, consequently, it is crucial to effectively articulate and customize the appropriate skills to the job position

To make your resume stand out and rise to the top of the list, your resume must contain industry keywords. Carefully study the company's job description to see where your experience and skills align with what they are looking for.