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. Additional resources to help you construct your resume development are the action verbs list and resume heading examples.
Below you will find a few sample resumes. As you can see there isn't one right way to create your resume, but make sure you take a look at the resume rubric to ensure you are on the right track.
Special Projects & Relevant Coursework
Strategy: This student gained a lot of experience while working on class projects. Students can demonstrate that although they haven’t had a lot of work experience, they have gained the necessary skills to perform the job through projects they have done in and out of class.
Strategy: This student has decided to describe their leadership experience, rather than their part-time work experience. This will make their leadership (an attribute employers look for on a resume) stand out more. Notice they put their most relevant experience up towards the top of their resume, because this still probably outweighs their leadership experience.
Summary of Qualfications
Strategy: This individual included a summary of qualifications section in their resume. This can also be called strengths summary, profile, career assets, skills summary, etc.. It should be very keyword heavy, so that you are more likely to be selected by an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). It should also include 3-5 reasons the employer should hire you for the job you are applying for. When you are listing these reasons, make sure you have proof of these qualifications further down on your resume. Also, don't use a lot of soft skills that you can't prove such as strong communicator, team player, organized, etc.
Strategy: This student gained a lot of practical experience through their internship, so they put it towards the top of their resume to make it stand out. They also pointed out the skills they gained as a part-time dance instructor. Even though this job wasn't relevant, they wanted to make it clear they had gained valuable transferrable skills.
Strategy: This sophomore student didn't have a lot of work experience, but had a lot of relevant experiential learning. They emphasized this and put it right at the top of their resume. As they gain more relevant work experience, they will probably restructure their resume.
Experienced ProfessionalStrategy: This is an alumnus with a large amount of experience in sales. They used a summary of qualifications sections to make their awards and accomplishments stand out and a core competency section to ensure they pass through an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). They wrote about what they did in their position, but highlighted their accomplishments using bullets.
Strategy: When applying to some graduate school programs, the admissions committee will ask for a copy of your CV. CVs are a bit different from a resume because they focus more on your academic and research experience and are usually quite a bit longer than a resume. While most employers prefer a one-page resume for a new grad, the CV is often longer.