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Resume Formats & Samples

Formatting Resumes

Unless you have a ton of professional experience, your resume should really only be one page. There 
are some options you have in formatting the document to give you more room if you find your resume 
getting to be two pages.
1.   Default margins are 1in. but can go down to .5.
2.   Default font is 12pt, but can go down to 10pt.  It is okay if headings are a little larger.
3.   Your contact information can be all on one line under your name.
4.   Font theme should be Sans Serif: Arial, Calibri, Verdana.

Include your contact information at the top.  Bold your name to make it stand out.
Use a professional email address that has your name in it.  If you don’t have one, create one!

Summary of Qualifications

A section of 5-7 bullet points that highlight the qualifications you have that are in the “Minimum 
Requirements” section of the job posting you are applying to. This is also where you can put 
proficiency in any computer programs, level of foreign language proficiency, as well as any other 
qualifications that are directly related to the job posting/description.

Education

It is only necessary to put the degree you are obtaining/have obtained, the month and year of your 
graduation date, and the name and location of your university. This is also where you can put if 
you have a minor, honors awarded, if you have studied abroad, as well as any certificates that are 
relevant to the job description.

Professional Experience (for Chronological resumes)

Always use an action verb at the beginning of each bullet. The word can be in present tense if you 
are currently at that job, but change the verb to past tense for previous positions. Do not use 
acronyms without also spelling out what it stands for. Always read the job description of the 
position you are applying to and include keywords in your resume. PROOFREAD! Spelling/grammar 
errors are frowned upon.
Develop accomplishments/results statements using the SOAR Method: Statement of action – What did 
you do? (Hint: Use an action verb)
– Managed a production crew
Occurrence of action – Daily, weekly, monthly, yearly
– Managed production crew on a daily basis
Amount of action – Use a number
– Managed production crew of over 20 people on a daily basis
Results of action – Managed production crew of over 20 people on a daily basis that increased 
production three quarters in a row.

Professional Skills (for Functional Skills resumes)

A skills-based resume lists your job qualifications in skill categories with bulleted content that 
proves competencies or proficiencies in those skills, specifically ones that are mentioned in the 
job posting for the position you want to apply to. This way, you can focus more on the experience 
you have in the skills necessary to be successful at the job, not on where you gained your 
experience. Accomplishments in your skills can include experience gained through volunteer 
experience or through student organizations. De-emphasizing employment information allows you to 
showcase the skills and abilities that will transfer to your new position without bringing 
attention to inexperience, employment gaps, frequent job changes, atypical professional background, 
etc.
Always use an action verb at the beginning of each bullet. The word can be in present tense if you 
are currently at that job, but change the verb to past tense for previous positions. Do not use 
acronyms without also spelling out what it stands for. Always read the job description of the 
position you are applying to and include keywords in your resume.  PROOFREAD! Spelling/grammar 
errors are frowned upon.
Develop accomplishments/results statements using the SOAR Method:
Statement of action – What did you do? (Hint: Use an action verb) – Managed a production crew 
Occurrence of action – Daily, weekly, monthly, yearly – Managed production crew on a daily basis 
Amount of action – Use a number – Managed production crew of over 20 people on a daily basis 
Results of action – Managed production crew of over 20 people on a daily basis that increased
production three quarters in a row.

Student Organizations/Volunteer Experience

Employers love to see that you are involved in things other than school and work, especially if you 
are a member of an organization related to your field of interest. Don’t have any Student 
Organization or Volunteer Experience? Ask your Career Advisor about some easy ways you can Get 
Involved to Get Experience!