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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 also have resume guides for you.
Additionally, many computer programs and employment Web sites (such as Focus 2) have resume-writing templates that you can utilize. Emsi Data has a free Resume Optimizer that can help you to optimize your resume for the type of job you are applying for.

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

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