Browse resume tips by field using Spotlight on Careers, accessible via B.hired > Resources.
- CV (Curriculum Vitae) Student/Recent Graduate
- Arts: Actor Resume
- Arts: Arts and Publishing
- Arts: Performance Experience for Non-performance Work
- Arts: Production Resume
- Arts: Singer Resume
- Computer Science
- Education 1
- Education 2
- Finance 1
- Finance 2
- Finance 3
- First Year Student Resume
- International Work and Study 1
- International Work and Study 2
- International Work and Study 3
- Journalism 1
- Journalism 2
- Museum 1 (advanced experience)
- Museum 2 (early experience)
- Nonprofit 1
- Nonprofit 2
- Research: Neuroscience
- Research: Biology-Chemistry
- Research: Psychology
Create a Resume
A resume is a summary of your skills and experiences that highlights your accomplishments. Your resume should generate enough curiosity on the part of potential employers, field sites or graduate schools to want to meet with you for an interview. As an example of your writing, it should also be perfectly written and punctuated.
It is important to be honest and truthful throughout your resume, as well as up-to-date and concise. Remember, this is just a summary of your past work experiences and education. Now let's review each section of your resume.
- Include name, address, phone number and professional email address.
- If your present address is temporary, you need to include a permanent address. Don't forget to include zip codes and area codes.
- Your name should be the most prominent text on your resume.
- If necessary, print your name and "Page 2" on top of the second page.
Note on length: Most fields require that your resume be no more than one page, i.e., finance, and some fields allow the flexibility of a second page if the information is relevant, i.e., non-profits and graduate schools. Please consult with a career counselor to discuss resume length and content issues for the areas in which you are interested.
Career Objective/SummaryA majority of resume writers do not need this section. If necessary, articulate your career interests or current interests and reference your skills for the specific position to which you are applying. An objective should be no more than one sentence.
- Include name(s) and location(s) of colleges attended, dates of graduation (month/year), degree(s) earned and major/concentration/specialty.
- List your most recent degree or the program to which you are currently enrolled first.
- List other degrees or relevant education, including colleges from which you transferred from or study abroad experiences, in reverse chronological order, including study abroad programs.
- Highlight your degree or college/university, i.e. bold, capitals, etc.
- If you have not completed your degree, write "Anticipated" or "Expected" before the month/year of graduation.
- Hiatt recommends that you list your dates on the right side of your resume.
- If you would like to include your GPA, the correct format is: GPA: 3.2, or 3.24. You may round up to the hundredth or thousandths if the next integer is 5 or above, i.e., 3.35 to a 3.4.
- Do not include coursework unless it is directly relevant and unusual.
- You may include any awards and/or honors.
- You may include a senior thesis.
- If applicable, include your certification/licensure, including the correct title, certification/licensure number and date completed. If you have not completed all requirements, list the name and date of each completed component.
SkillsIf necessary, you may list position/field-specific skills. This section is most often used by fields that require particular skills including computer science and laboratory research.
- Summarize your field experiences, employment and volunteer work and consider dividing your experience into sections like "Related Experience," "Additional Experience," "Professional Experience," "Leadership Experience," and/or "Activities."
- List most recent experiences first.
- For each experience, include your: job title, place of employment, location (city, state), dates of employment and description of responsibilities.
- Describe your responsibilities and accomplishments by starting each statement with an action verb and avoiding phrases like, "Duties included," or "Responsible for."
- Use quantitative information, e.g. "Developed and implemented leadership training for 50 Brandeis students."
- Use past-tense action verbs for past experiences and present tense action verbs for anything that you are currently doing.
Do Not Include
- First person, including "I," "me," or "my," in your resume.
- Salary requirements. See offers: salary negotiation for information on this topic.
- Inappropriate personal information (e.g. race, religion, political affiliation, marital status, etc.) or other irrelevant information
- Reasons for leaving previous jobs (however, be prepared to discuss them in the interview)
- Uncommon abbreviations or acronyms (employers need to know exactly what you are trying to convey)
- Font: Use a professional font that is legible (Arial, Times, Helvetica, Bookman) in 10 - 12 point. Use headings less than 18 point. Use one font consistently for the body of the resume.
- Margins: Have consistent margins, no less than .5 inches wide.
- Spacing: Is my text spaced evenly and consistently on the page? Is it easy to read?
- Consistency: Be consistent in all things: formatting (bold, italics, bullets), indenting, margins, punctuation and capitalization, and dates. Be careful to list state names consistently, either written-out or abbreviated with the official abbreviation (i.e., Massachusetts, MA, or Mass.). For example, it would be inconsistent to alternate between Rhode Island and RI.
- Accuracy: Proofread, proofread, proofread then have someone else review your resume.
- Printing: Use quality bond/resume paper in white, ivory or light gray. Use a laser printer, not an inkjet or poor photocopy.
- Do not: Use gimmicks such as pictures, bright paper or creative fonts. They are distracting and they do not scan well.
Employers are eager to learn about your global skills. View a sample resume to see how you can incorporate your international experience into your resume. View our webinar to learn tips on how to include your experiences abroad in your resume, cover letter, and interview.
You may want to create a resume that corresponds to the standard format of the country in which you will be using it. Going Global (accessible via B.hired > Resources) is a valuable resource offering examples of country-specific resumes. Choose the country of your choice and click on "Resume Resources."
The primary differences between a resume and a curriculum vitae (CV) are length, content and audience. While a resume is brief and concise - no more than a page or two - a CV is a longer (may be 2+ pages) and more detailed descriptions.
While a resume summarizes your skills, experience and education, a CV expands upon these accomplishments by listing teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honors, affiliations and other details.
In the United States, a CV is used primarily when applying for academic, education, scientific or research positions. It may also be used when applying for fellowships, grants or graduate school.
In Europe, the Middle East, Africa, or Asia, employers may use CV language as British English uses the term CV to refer to a resume. Browse the CV/resume samples in the right sidebar as well as samples in Going Global (accessible via B.hired > Resources) for country-specific examples.
Changes for 2012-13 academic year
An approved resume is one of Hiatt's campus recruiting requirements. For example, if you want to participate in on-campus interviews or apply to resume collections in B.hired, you must get your resume approved. Hiatt no longer requires a newly approved resume each academic year. Instead, if you get your resume approved as a first year, sophomore or junior, your resume will be considered "approved" for all three non-senior years. However, you will need to get your resume approved again your senior year. To learn what it takes to earn resume approval, please see Hiatt's Resume Rubric. Your resume is approved once it is marked as approved in B.hired by a counselor. You may see your resume approval status at any time by reviewing your B.hired "Your Hiatt Requirement Status" section in your profile.
Take advantage of drop-ins and HiattChat to make it happen! We receive daily requests from employers to conduct both resume collections and interviews so please be sure to stop by Hiatt to get your resume approved to avoid missing any deadlines.
Top 10 reasons to get your resume approved
- Getting an internship
- Meeting employers
- Networking with alumni
- Attending Hiatt’s industry career forums
- Studying abroad
- Participating in campus recruiting
- Creating or updating your LinkedIn profile
- Getting approved early for CIC Winter Career & Internship Fairs
- Applying for WOW and other funding
- Getting on Hiatt's good side (just kidding)