Sample Resume

What it may include:

  • Activities/hobbies, Awards or honors, Certification/ licenses, Community Service, Coursework or special projects (related to your career goal)
  • Education/ formal training, Experience (Entry-level candidates can have two categories instead: Related Experience and Additional Employment.)
  • Heading (name, address, phone, e-mail address), Interests, Internships or volunteer service, Objective, Professional Organizations
  • Skills (including computers and foreign languages), Student aide or work study employment 
  • Summary (of skills/qualifications/key words), References Available Upon Request

How do I prepare one?

SPD Employer Services counselors assist you with this process. We have resume guides for you in our office. Additionally, many computer programs and employment Web sites have resume-writing templates that you can utilize. (Discover is available at the Career Counseling and Testing Center, M-14.) Libraries and bookstores also carry resume guides.

Suggested guidelines:

Proofread carefully, be neat and well-organized, use action verbs to highlight your accomplishments, quantify if possible, be truthful. You may need to prepare two different versions of your resume.


White or very light neutral color, 8 ½” x 11” size


Entry-level candidates should have a one-page resume. Job candidates with 5-10 years of related experience (or more) will most likely need two pages. An education professional required to submit a curriculum vita for a position would need more than two pages.


A reverse chronological format lists your education and experience from the present to the past. It is the format that is most frequently used.

A functional format uses functional skill areas to organize the duties and accomplishments included in the experience section. A job placement counselor will help you decide which format will serve you better.

Sample Resumés