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A resume is a concise document intended for professional career searches. It is often the first impression an employer has of you. Experienced recruiters will only spend a few seconds reading it, so make sure it shines. Hear from our students

Resume Madness : 5 Steps to Improve Your Resume.

A resume utilizes highlights chronologically to showcase your background. A CV is an academically focused document that delineates your academic career, including research, teaching, funding and specialized skills. A CV can run much longer and is needed for those seeking academic positions.

Resume Do's and Dont's


  • Keep your resume to one page.
  • Begin the phrases with action verbs such as "developed," "mentored," and "assisted."
  • Include your contact information: address, phone number and professional email.
  • Include your work locations and dates. Ensure dates are in reverse chronological order.
  • Check your resume before submission or have a Career Center professional review it for you.


  • Include your references in your resume.
  • Include your high school information unless you are a first-year student.
  • Use hard to read fonts or sizes for your resume.
  • Use different formatting. Keep bullet points, underlining, placement of dates, etc., consistent throughout the resume.

Verb List for Resume

Resume Examples