Resumes & CVs

What is a resume or CV?

ResumepageimageYour resume is your first impression for a prospective employer. Your resume is a professional and legal document that demonstrates your qualifications for a position. Your resume’s purpose is to get you an interview. Employers typically spend less than 30 seconds reviewing your resume so it is crucial that it is well organized, concise, and tailored to the role you are applying for.

As you draft your resume, keep the company in mind and the job description at hand. Make sure you emphasize your experiences that are consistent with the skills the company is looking for in their next hire. The first step to impressing employers is an error-free resume tailored to their specific opportunity. 

Some employers or graduate programs may request a curriculum vitae for a more comprehensive look at your experience. While very similar to a resume, a CV is often used in academia, science fields, or when applying outside of the U.S. As you are starting out your career, you may not actually have many differences between your resume and CV.

The Career Center can help with all of your resume and CV questions. Schedule an appointment in Handshake if you have questions getting started or fine-tuning your documents for the perfect job or post-graduate program.


How to Write a Resume

Check out the resume guide to get started with writing your resume.

How to Write a CV

Check out the CV guide to get started writing your CV.

Resume Formatting Template

If you need a jumpstart, download the resume formatting template and save a copy. Fill in your information to get started.

Resume Examples

While resumes are not one size fits all, these best practice resume examples that represent a range of industries and experiences help to give a visual.
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