Building a Resume

A resume is a brief summary of your education, skills, and experiences. Employers will read it to understand quickly how you are prepared to fulfill job responsibilities.

Required Resume Sections

Optional Resume Sections

In addition to the required sections, you may want to include some of the information below. Include optional sections only if you think it will showcase your particular skills or qualities as a potential employee.

Complete Resume Example

Resume Full Example

One-page example of a finished resume. Please click here to see a full PDF version.

Choose 11- or 12-point font sizes for content. Use no more than 14-point font size for section headers.


Only use bold, italics, underline, and horizontal lines to emphasize important information and to separate your sections.

Ensure that the spacing between each section is the same. Margins, sections, and bulleted statements should be uniform.

Example: Developed marketing materials using Adobe InDesign to promote the Office of Student Employment.

Action Verb List


Top Five Things to Know about Resumes

  1. Organize content in each section of your resume from most recent to least recent.
  2. You should only submit a resume that is one to two pages in length. This means you should only include information that is relevant to the position for which you’re applying.
  3. Make tailoring your resume to different positions easier by saving a draft of your overall resume with all of your past and current information.
  4. Save your resume as a PDF before uploading into JagJobs or sending to an employer. This will ensure that your formatting stays the way you intended it.
  5. When sending a resume, change the file name to LastName, FirstName_Resume. Doing this helps employers keep track of your materials.  

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