Resumé Structure

A resumé is a clear, concise, and professional one (sometimes twopage summary of your qualifications that relates to the position for which you are applying.  A resumé is a personal statement that should reflect your style, and will differ from any other person’s resumé.  It serves as an advertisement that highlights your skills and experiences and creates a prospective employer’s first impression of you.  It should provide sufficient information to effectively present your qualifications and to interest the employer enough to invite you for an interview. 

Identification and Contact Information:

  • Place your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address at the top of the resume
  • Bold or increase font size for your name to help stand out
  • Avoid using these terms:  name, phone number, address, or resume
  • Avoid including personal information:  marital status, date of birth, number of children, etc.


  • Place education history at the top of the page
  • Include the names of schools, degrees received, dates degrees received
    • ONLY list earned degree(s) or certificate(s)
  • May list some relevant course work if desired (may be particularly helpful in some of the technical majors or if seeking an internship)

Work Experience:

  • Can be titled: “Work History,” “Employment,” “Employment History,” or “Professional Experience”
  • This category can include internships and volunteer activities
  • Include name of the employer, your job title, and responsibilities or duties
    • Avoid including:  supervisor's names and phone numbers, this should be included in the job application
  • Avoid: gaps in your work history
  • Avoid using:  "I" and "MY" and third person narrative

Honors and Activities:

  • This category can include information such as club memberships, awards, honors, interests, etc.

Computer Skills/Technical Skills:

  • This category is normally included since employers want to ensure that the candidate has the common computer skills, such as Word and Excel or other required computer software
  • Can also use the heading "Skills" to include all other relevant skills such as bilingual skills


It is not necessary to list references on your resumé. If you want to include your references, they should be placed on a separate sheet entitled “References.” Most employers do not require references to be sent with the resume. If you indicate that your references are available upon request, make sure that you are prepared to provide them.

Resumé Handouts

Current UAFS students and Alumni can upload resumés into CareerLink to be critiqued.

Resumé Examples

Career Resource Center

The Career Resource Center contains books, periodicals, and other materials related job searching, general career descriptions, how-to-books on resumés and cover letters, interview preparations, graduate school information, and career choice.  Stop by our office on the second floor of the Boreham Library, suite 212 to check out our available resources.

Helpful Links

eBenefits             All Job Openings                The Campus Career Coach              You Tube

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