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A resume is a marketing tool used to demonstrate the skills and the value you bring to a company. 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.

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Formatting and Design

  • Length: as a new graduate, limit resume to one 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 the ATS 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

Be consistent throughout your document. Pay close attention to line spacing, bullet style, capitalization, text alignment.

Sample Resumes

The following are samples resumes for different majors within hte Huntsman School of Business.

Areas of a Resume

Resumes have defined areas of content, the content provided in the expandable areas below provides and overview of each with sample content.

Resume Formats


It is a traditional format, popular with recruiters and employers due to is straightforward approach. It cites education and employment from the most recent back, showcasing dates and employers. Due to its traditional format, it is a good fit for finance, economics, and accounting.


A resume of ability-focused topics. It showcases the functions and skills that the employer wants. The skills area draws the reader’s eyes. It does not follow a chronological order. It should also include a list of job titles, employers, and dates—listed at the bottom of the resume.This type of format works well for those who are career changers, ex-military personnel, or lack work experience in the field.

*Not recommended for finance, economics, or accounting majors


A combination of the chronological and functional formats, meets the demands of timelines as well as showcasing skills.