Resumes are brief documents that demonstrate your education, work history, and relevant qualifications for a particular job. Resumes can vary in length and although generally brief, can be longer if you have a lot of relevant experience. The key word here is relevant. For example, if a job you did in high school doesn’t directly relate to a job you may be applying to as an advanced undergraduate, you may consider deleting that job. You should tailor your resume to each particular job you’re applying to. Finally, your resume is part of a larger system of genres, which means it’s not the only document that will affect whether you’ll be hired or not. So think about how these documents work together and do your best to make sure they’re as clear as possible.

Basic Components of a Resume:

Parts of a resume- Name and contact information; Education; Work experience (include current positions); Extra-curricular, volunteer, and leadership experience

Optional Components of a Resume: 

Optional sections of resume--job objectives; special skills or languages; professional organizations; honors/awards; relevant coursework; references

Possible Resume Template: 

LAS Career Services has crafted this resume template that you can use to compose or reorganize your resume. This template is very adaptable to any job application and can be easily read by online application submission systems.

Strong Resumes Are: 

  • Short introductions to who you are as professional
  • Tailored to the job posting
  • Specific yet concise
  • Honest and confident
  • Focused on relevant experiences that demonstrate your professionalism and qualifications for the job

The Graduate College and the Purdue OWL both have more in-depth and helpful information on resumes.

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