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:
Optional Components of a Resume:
Possible Resume Template:
The Humanities Professional Resource Center 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.