The first step in writing a comprehensive resume that really sells your skills and experience is to collect all of the information about you that is relevant to your job search. The resume guidelines form can be used for this purpose. In addition to the resume guidelines, it may be beneficial to utilize the St. Ambrose involvement worksheet in order to plan and track your involvement in campus and community-related activities. Additional resources to help you construct your resume development are listings of action verbs.
If you already have a resume, but need it updated, you can either use this form or bring your old resume and the additional information you need to add. Please collect this information and put it into a MS Word document on a disk or email it to the staff member you will be seeing. You will need to maintain a file at the Career Center that will contain a copy of your resume to participate in most of the services and events.
There are two basic resume styles, the chronological and the functional with the chronological being the most common. Briefly, the chronological displays each position with the experience, position title and date together and lists the experiences in reverse chronological order. The functional typically combines skills or accomplishments together under skills headings with the positions and employers on the bottom. There are numerous variations on both of these formats that are considered "combination" formats. As a new graduate with no full-time experience we recommend using the chronological format.
The first example is done in a chronological format that you can follow if you wish. The second example is a scannable version that the Career Center suggests you use if you are sending your resume electronically. Another document that may assist you on the web site is "Resume Heading Examples."
Resume Examples by Major
Check out more resume examples, courtesy of NACE.