Formatting

A resume is a self-marketing tool highlighting selected academic, professional and leadership accomplishments that demonstrate a fit between you and the opportunity you seek. It should address the needs and requirements of your targeted audience.

Avoid resume templates and tables, as they often make editing more difficult. To gain a better understanding of how to format your resume, utilize the anatomy of a resume guide as a starting point. Remember good writers revise, and a resume is a living document that is constantly revised, updated and tailored. A resume is example of your writing skills, it should be well written, perfectly punctuated, honest and concise. Have your resume reviewed by Hiatt before submitting it or sending to a networking contact.

Experience comes from everything you do and may include paid and unpaid work, full and part-time jobs, volunteering, campus leadership positions, athletics, academic/classroom project work, research. Tailor your experience section for each position, including what is most relevant and related.

General Formatting

Header

The header with your contact information is generally centered at the top of the document. Use same font as body of resume, in a larger size (14-18 point) for the header only.

Education Section

The education section is generally the first entry on your resume. Once you’re in college we generally stop including high school in the education section, but all schools or programs are listed as most recent first.

Experience Section

Experience comes from everything you do and may include paid and unpaid work, full and part-time jobs, volunteering, campus leadership positions, athletics, academic/classroom project work, research. Tailor your experience section for each position, including what is most relevant and related.

Skills Section

Resume Details

Hiatt guidelines and suggestions for clean and concise resumes.

Resume Resources