A resume is a marketing tool that highlights the aspects of your background
you wish to draw to an employer’s attention. It is often an employer’s initial
contact with you and they typically base interview decisions upon the content
of this document. Resume writing is important and deserves an investment
of time. You must be willing to write and edit until you have a well-organized
document that emphasizes your most relevant qualifications for the position
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P.O. Box 6000 On average an employer will initially spend less than thirty seconds reviewing
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000 your resume. In this short time you need to convince the reader you are
(607) 777-2400 impressive enough to be invited for an interview. How do you do this? Where
Division of Student Affairs do you start? First of all, you need to know what a resume is and what it is
designed to do. Make those thirty seconds count!
CDC has developed a Virtual Resume Program to guide you through the resume writing process. View this
tutorial via the Career Development Center website.
To help you get started you may wish to attend a resume writing program where a CDC staff member will
explain resume basics and offer tips. Check CDC’s website or your eRecruiting account for dates and times.
Sample resumes are available in CDC South, on CDC’s website, and on eRecruiting.
Have your typed draft reviewed during Counselor-on-Call hours. Check CDC’s website for dates and times.
Use the CDC library database on the CDC homepage to identify books about resume writing.
1. Be concise: Use phrases not sentences; use words that are carefully chosen.
2. Think in terms of the reader: Gear your resume to the skills, experiences and qualities employers seek in a
candidate. Focus on the needs of your target employers.
3. Use a formal writing style: Because this is an important document, stick with a formal writing style using
abbreviations only for states (NY), GPA, and degrees (BA, BS, MA, PhD).
4. Make your resume easy to read: Choose a visually appealing layout that presents the most relevant
information in the top portion of your resume. Don’t make an employer hunt to locate important information!
5. Use a font that is easy on the eyes and between 10 and 12 point: Employers may scan your resume into a
computer database so use bold, italics and underlining conservatively.
6. Length: Many employers prefer one page, but use two pages if your experience and qualifications warrant. If
you do use two pages, put the most relevant information on the first page and be sure to put your name and
“page 2” at the top of second page.
7. Final Draft: Proofread carefully!! Don’t rely on spell check alone! Spell check cannot distinguish if you should
use two, to, or too! If you are sending an electronic copy of your resume, save if as a PDF to insure your format
is maintained when opened on a new computer.
Select a Resume Format:
There are three basic types to consider. Samples of each can be found later in this guide.
1. Chronological: This is the most common type of resume and presents your experience by listing and describing
positions you have held (whether paid or unpaid), employers, and dates. Present information in reverse-
chronological order (most recent first).
2. Functional: This style emphasizes skills, qualifications and accomplishments rather than position titles,
employers and dates. It can be effective for career changers or those with limited or erratic work histories. It may
also work well for someone who wants to emphasize skills they have acquired relevant to current job objectives.
3. Combination: This combines the functional and chronological styles. Experience is organized chronologically
with duties and responsibilities presented through skill clusters.
When Should You Use a Curriculum Vitae (CV)?
A curriculum vitae (CV) is typically for academic or research positions. It is usually longer than a resume and
will include publications, areas of research, presentations, and courses one is prepared to teach. More
information can be obtained from the “Writing a Curriculum Vitae ” Quick Reference Guide.
Begin Your Draft!
Once you determine which format you think would work best for your background and purpose you can begin your
first draft. Remember, your resume highlights RELEVANT information related to the position(s) to which you are
applying. Organize this information into categories that are easy to understand and identify by employers.
How you order and label the sections of your resume should be based on what aspect(s) of your background are
most relevant to the position(s) you seek. Remember, readers reviewing your resume will give the most attention to
what is at the beginning of your resume and pay less attention as they scan to the bottom. Make sure what you
want them to see jumps out at them EARLY!
Name, address, phone number, and email address (an address such as email@example.com will not
promote you as a candidate).
Include a local and permanent address if you are a current student.
Rory Howard Samantha Edwards
121 Seminole Parkway 134 Jenssen Road 45 Smith Ave. Apt B
Vestal, NY 13552 Johnson City, NY 13506 New York, NY 11011
(607) 555-1234 firstname.lastname@example.org
A brief statement providing focus to your resume indicating the kind of position you want and what you offer.
The rest of the resume should provide evidence of your qualifications for the position you seek.
Should be specific to a position, skills you want to utilize, or field you want to enter.
This is an optional section, but you are encouraged to attempt to construct an objective. You may also
have more than one version of a resume with different objectives for varying purposes.
A marketing position in the sports industry.
An internship working with youth utilizing demonstrated interpersonal and organizational skills.
Include institution(s) attended, degree(s) obtained or expected, major(s), graduation date, minors, and
concentrations. If you have a double major in the same school/college at Binghamton (i.e. Harpur College,
SOM, Watson) you do not receive two degrees. List only one BA or BS degree.
Can include relevant courses, study abroad, honors, or scholarships (or put these in separate sections).
GPA is optional, depending on the position to which you’re applying. You can include your overall and
major GPA, making sure to designate each one clearly (If concerned about whether or not to include GPA,
talk to a career counselor).
High school information is not included unless you are a freshman or sophomore, or you had a specialized
high school experience relevant to your career objective (Speak with a counselor if unsure).
The official name of our school is Binghamton University, State University of New York but you may also
use State University of New York at Binghamton.
Binghamton University, State University of New York State University of New York at Binghamton
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, May 20XX Master of Business Administration, May 20XX
GPA: 3.0 Concentration: Consulting and Leadership
Dean’s List: Fall 20XX BS, majors in Chemistry and English, May 20XX
Always keep your objective in mind when deciding what experiences you will include and highlight!
Category headings may change based on your personal experience. Examples include “Relevant
Experience,” “Teaching Experience,” “Research Experience,” Or “Leadership Experience”.
List in reverse chronological order (most recent first based on end date) within categories.
Group experiences in sections based on relatedness rather than by paid/unpaid. The experience itself is
more important than if it was an internship, volunteer, or paid position.
For each experience listed, include position held, organization name, city and state, dates of activity
(month/year to month/year), and description using action verbs (see Writing Descriptions list below).
How to write about your experiences:
1. Start by creating a list of all positions and activities in which you have been involved. Review the list to
identify those that relate most to your objective. These are the positions on which you will focus.
2. Refer to the list of action verbs below and identify words that relate to your experiences. Begin each of your
descriptive statements with one of these words. Do not begin statements with “Responsible for…” and do
not use personal pronouns (i.e. I, my, our, we).
3. Ask yourself questions for each experience such as Who? What? When? Why? How? How many? How
often? Results? For instance, if you chose “tutored” from the list of action verbs you can enhance your
statement by indicating who you tutored, how many, what subjects, how often, and so on. You’ll end up with
a statement such as: Tutored three at-risk junior high students in science and math on a weekly basis.
4. Can you include numbers (quantities, dollar amounts, percentages)? This information makes your resume
both informative and interesting and relates the scope of your responsibility and/or accomplishments.
5. A tip you can use to be sure you have worded your statements properly is to put an imaginary “I” in front of
the statement. If it makes sense with the “I,” you have probably written the statement correctly.
SAMPLE ACTION VERBS
accomplished computed enlisted interpreted presented rewrote
achieved conducted entertained interviewed preserved saved
activated confronted established introduced presided scheduled
adapted conserved estimated invented printed selected
addressed consolidated evaluated inventoried prioritized served
adjusted constructed examined investigated processed shaped
administered consulted exhibited judged produced simplified
adopted contracted expanded lectured programmed sketched
advertised contributed expedited led projected sold
advised controlled explained located promoted solved
allocated coordinated expressed maintained proposed specified
analyzed corresponded facilitated managed protected spoke
anticipated counseled familiarized mapped provided stimulated
applied created figured marketed publicized straightened
appraised critiqued filed measured published streamlined
approved defined filtered mediated quoted strengthened
arbitrated delegated formulated modeled raised studied
arranged delivered forwarded moderated reasoned succeeded
assembled demonstrated founded modified recommended suggested
assessed designed gathered monitored reconciled summarized
assigned detailed generated motivated recorded supervised
assisted detected governed negotiated recruited supplied
attained determined guided observed reduced supported
audited developed hired obtained referred surveyed
balanced devised identified operated regulated synthesized
budgeted diagnosed illustrated ordered rehabilitated systematized
built directed implemented organized reinforced tabulated
calculated dispensed improved originated reorganized taught
catalogued displayed improvised oversaw repaired tested
chaired dissected increased participated replaced trained
charted distributed indexed perfected reported transcribed
classified diverted informed performed represented translated
coached drafted initiated persuaded researched transmitted
collected drew innovated photographed resolved treated
communicated edited inspected planned responded tutored
compared educated installed played restored updated
compiled effected instituted predicted retrieved upgraded
completed eliminated instructed prepared reviewed visualized
composed enforced integrated prescribed revised wrote
Can include computer skills, language abilities, laboratory, and research skills.
May be broken down in specific sections: For example, computer science majors may have hardware,
software, and programming listed under computer skills.
Indicate your level of expertise if indicating a foreign language. A great resource is the Language Skills
Self- Assessment Tests through the Interagency Language Roundtable http://www.govtilr.org/
Server Applications: MS Exchange, IIS, SQL Server
Desktop Applications: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, FrontPage
Databases: Oracle, MS Access, Lotus Approach
Languages: C++, SQL, XML, HTML
Operating Systems: Windows NT, XP, Novell Netware, DOS, UNIX, Linux
Languages: read, write and speak French; conversational Spanish
Computer: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access
Evidence of involvement is important to employers as it shows another dimension of you as a candidate.
Include campus activities, volunteer positions, committees, athletics. You may have listed and described
activities that are relevant to your objective in the Experience section. In that case, don’t repeat them
again. This section will include other activities in which you’ve been involved.
Include position, organization name, location, and dates of involvement (month/year – month/year).
You may want to include descriptive statements if you had significant accomplishments or skills you
developed through participating in the activity.
Put activities relevant to your objective in your Experience section for greater emphasis.
Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE), September 20xx - present
Thurgood Marshall Pre-Law Society, October 20xx - present
Students of Color Support Center, March 20xx-December 20xx
Leadership Department of Residential Life, Binghamton University
Resident Assistant; 8/xx- present
Plan programming events, mediate disputes and serve as a resource to students in order to
foster a positive learning environment and enjoyable college experience.
Division I Women’s Swim Team, Binghamton University
Captain; August 20xx - present
Coordinate training and lead daily practice workouts for 34-member swimming/diving team
Provide advice, encouragement and support to fellow team members
Meet with coach weekly to discuss practice, meet strategies, and team concerns
List of personal interests is optional; good for rapport building during interview.
Be specific and truthful.
Do not go overboard with your list, keep it to one line.
Not mandatory to include a statement about references. Can state “References Available Upon Request.”
Create a separate “References” sheet with your header information at the top that lists the names and
contact information of individuals (faculty, supervisors) who have agreed to serve as your
recommenders. This sheet should only be provided upon request.
JULIE CHANG 52 Clarice Dr.
Vestal, NY 13850
Has some good experience but doesn’t highlight it well.
I am pursuing an entry-level position which allows me to utilize my education in a Commits “no-no’s” such as using personal pronouns,
spelling errors, random font changes, inconsistent
challenging, growth-oriented environment.
formatting and phrases like “responsible for”.
EDUCATION The font in her address is too small while other parts are
SUNY Binghamton too large. A good rule to follow is to stick with 10-12 point
Bachelor of Arts in Marketing, expected May 20XX font for everything except your name, which would be
GPA: 3.289 slightly larger. If you want certain information to stand
out, consider using all caps. Also, don’t get carried away
EXPERIENCE with bolding, underlining and italics. Keep it simple and
Manpower Temporaries Agency, Johnson City, NY be consistent.
Various office administrative positions, 6/xx - 12/xx, 8/xx – Present Unacceptable email address!
Providing administrative support to various personel, able to adapt quickly too new Write out “State University of New York”
situations, answering phones, copying and filing documents. B.A. in Marketing isn’t offered at Binghamton! Check
your DARS for your exact degree.
Katz Media Group, New York, New York Many descriptive statements tend to be vague and
Intern, May 20xx – August 20xx uninformative and contain spelling errors. ALWAYS
Duties included assisting the account executives with their market research, PROOFREAD! She needs to focus more on
responsible for researching competitor marketing strategies, participated in weekly accomplishments and results, rather than listing all the
staff meetings, answered phones. tasks she completed.
BonTon, Binghamton, NY
Sales Associate, 3/xx – 5/xx JULIE CHANG
Insured customer satisfaction using effective
communication skills, responsible for helping 52 Clarice Drive ~ Vestal, NY 13850 ~ (607) 555-1456
customers with merchandise selection email@example.com
American Marketing Association, BU Seeking a marketing position with an emphasis in research.
President, Vice President EDUCATION
State University of New York at Binghamton
Bachelor of Science, Management, December 20xx
Julie emphasizes experiences qualifying her
GPA: 3.2/4.0, Dean’s List, Fall 20xx
Katz Media Group, New York, NY
for the position she seeks. Research Intern, 5/xx – 8/xx
She’s expanded on her internship to Researched station positioning and maintained up-to-date audience and
demonstrate relevant knowledge and skills. station rating database.
She includes more information about her Compiled demographic research into qualitative profiles for sales staff use.
participation in the American Marketing Analyzed competitor marketing strategies and compiled ad samples.
Association – something directly related to Wrote research summary report and presented findings to account team.
the position she seeks. Prepared marketing and sales-oriented graphic presentations for special
Notice how her objective is now clear and projects based on syndicated research sources.
concise, allowing her to easily write a
résumé directly supporting that objective. LEADERSHIP
She also creates a new heading, reinforcing American Marketing Association, Binghamton University Chapter
her qualifications. President, 8/xx – Present
Always begins her descriptive statements Coordinate and plan monthly educational and social programs.
with action verbs, making it easy for Supervise organizational committees and conduct weekly meetings.
employers to quickly scan her resume and Vice President, 8/xx – 8/xx
pick up on her skills and talents. Increased membership by 50% through advertising and publicity.
She adds adjectives and specifics such as
numbers to the statements, making them OTHER EXPERIENCE
much more interesting and informative. Manpower Temporary Agency, Johnson City, NY
Julie changed the format of her resume, Administrative Assistant (Various Locations), 6/03 – 12/04, 8/xx – Present
making it more visually appealing and easier
to read. BonTon, Binghamton, NY
Sales Associate, 3/xx – 5/xx
Sample International Resume Sample Chronological Resume
SUSAN SMITH Mahal Brant
2010 Oak Avenue, Endicott, NY 12345
21 Travel Street ♦ Binghamton, NY 13905 ♦ 607-797-1234 ♦ firstname.lastname@example.org 607-777-0987 email@example.com
Binghamton University, State University of New York An internship in public relations.
Bachelor of Arts, double major in Journalism and Spanish, May 20XX
Universidad de Cadiz, Cadiz, Spain, Spring 20XX Binghamton University, State University of New York
Hispanic Studies Language and Culture Program Master of Public Administration, May 20xx
LANGUAGE SKILLS Bachelor of Arts, English, May 20xx
Dean’s List: fall 20xx, spring 20xx
General professional proficiency in Spanish speaking, reading, writing and listening
Study Abroad: University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana, August 20XX-December 20XX
Broome Community College, Binghamton, NY
Native English-speaking Assistant Binghamton, New York Associate of Arts, Liberal Arts, May 20xx
Horace Mann Elementary School Spring 20XX
Support classroom teacher in teaching English speaking and reading skills to Relevant Experience
children grades K-5 in an English as a Second Language class Undergraduate Admissions, Binghamton University
Admissions Representative, September 20xx–present
Volunteer Fall 20XX – Spring 20XX
Promote university to prospective students and parents through tours,
English Conversation Pairs Binghamton University
phone-a-thons, and correspondence with accepted students.
Partner with non-native speaker of English to assist in acquisition of English
Speak at information sessions of up to 400 campus visitors and lead bi-
language and adjustment to American culture
weekly campus tours to prospective students and their parents.
WORK HISTORY Contribute to copy for Admissions Office brochures and website.
Assistant to Journalist Cadiz, Spain Serve as liaison between Admissions Office and student organizations.
Atletismo Español Spring 20XX Alpha Phi, Binghamton University
Organized photographic assignments for Spanish sports magazine journalist Public Relations Chair, September 20xx–May 20xx
Scheduled and conducted preliminary interviews with native Spanish-speaking Increased sorority function attendance by 10% through marketing efforts
sports icons including emails, newsletter, posters and website.
Writer Binghamton University Wrote and distributed monthly informational newsletter, participated in
Pipe Dream Student Newspaper Spring 20XX – Fall 20XX weekly meetings, and maintained chapter website.
Research and interview appropriate sources for articles Utilized Publisher to create advertisements for campus paper.
UNO Chicago Grill Vestal, New York Supporting Experience
Hostess August 20XX – June 20XX Charlie’s, Albany, New York
ACTIVITIES Hostess, Summers 20xx–20xx
Club Soccer Binghamton University September 20XX – Present Community Involvement
Photography Club Binghamton University September 20XX – May 20XX Binghamton University Coordinator, Relay for Life, Spring 20xx
Boys and Girls Club, Binghamton, New York, September 20xx-May 20xx
Advisory Council, Broome Community College, August 20xx-May 20xx
San Jose, Costa Rica (Youth Group Community Service Trip) June 20XX
Madrid, Spain (Spanish Club Student Exchange) January 20XX Skills
Computer: Dreamweaver, Publisher, Word, Access, PowerPoint, Excel
Languages: Fluent in French, read and write Russian
Sample Chronological Resume Sample Chronological Resume
Elizabeth Smith Mark Alexander
567 Becker Avenue ~ Binghamton, NY 13903 447 Brick Avenue Binghamton, NY 12345 (607) 555-1234 firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com ~ (607) 555 -1234 OBJECTIVE A position as a computer systems analyst.
OBJECTIVE EDUCATION Binghamton University, State University of New York
A summer internship in sports publishing. Bachelor of Science, Computer Science expected August 20xx
Cumulative GPA: 3.25/4.0
State University of New York at Binghamton Broome Community College, Binghamton, NY
Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology, expected May 20xx Associate in Applied Science, Computer Technology May 20xx
Overall GPA: 3.4/4.0; Major GPA: 3.8/4.0; Dean’s List: fall 20xx, spring 20xx COMPUTER Languages: C++, SQL, Visual Basic, COBOL, HTML, Java, ASP, VBscript,
Software: MATLAB, HSPICE, CMP simulator
Pipe Dream, Binghamton University
Operating Systems: Oracle, Windows 2000/XP, .NET, J2SE
Writer, September 20xx – Present Networking: TCP/IP, Ethernet, LAN, IP subnetting, Security
Write weekly sports column for student paper
Research and interview appropriate sources for articles PROJECTS Binghamton University, State University of New York
Senior Project: Design of a 16-bit Adder 8/xx – 12/xx
The Women’s Sports Foundation, Buffalo, New York Designed layout for 16 bit adder using Cadence Design tool and
Journalism Intern, June 20xx – August 20xx HSPICE simulator
Managed biweekly e-newsletter read by 22,000 subscribers through writing, Used MATLAB to create channel allocation algorithm for wireless LAN
organizing layout, and utilizing Adobe Photoshop 802.11b system
Wrote three feature articles published on website, including an interview with an Researched security issues of GPRS systems
Olympic skier Compared performance of two different cache coherence protocols in
Edited/updated homepage material and monitored backend settings and features terms of memory bandwidth and performance using CMP simulator
using Dreamweaver Performed data dependency tracking and dependent instruction count
measurement in a multiprocessor program using simulator
Composed script for Grand March of “Annual Salute to Women in Sports” dinner
Calculated Bit Error Rate for free space laser communication system
ATHLETICS using MATLAB
Division I Soccer, Binghamton University Junior Project: Revamped FTP (File Transfer Protocol) 1/xx – 5/xx
Team Captain, August 20xx – Present Developed robust FTP Client/Server for efficient file transfers.
Goalie, August 20xx – Present Learned technical concepts in TCP/IP Socket programming.
Devote average of 30 hours/week to training, practices, meetings, and games EXPERIENCE Introduction to Computer Science Binghamton University
Serve as team captain providing leadership and mentoring to 23 teammates Teaching Assistant 8/xx – present
Organize and design workout sessions for goalies Assist professor with grading and review of course projects
Assist head coach in developing new defensive strategies Hold weekly office hours to tutor and review student work
Selected to participate at the US Soccer Association All-star Conference Game Answer student questions and provide support during the class
VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP Chabad House of Binghamton Binghamton University
Special Olympics, Binghamton University, June 20xx/June 20xx Secretary 8/xx – present
Assisted participants in practices and competition; provided encouragement Manage office activities for organization with over 200 members
Organized four blood drives for The American Red Cross attracting
SKILLS over 150 donors
Computer: Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Publisher, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Language: Conversational Spanish
Sample Functional Resume Sample Combination Resume
José Martinez TYLER BATTAN
firstname.lastname@example.org (607) 777-7777 125 Oak Street, Endicott, NY 13930 54-39 100th Street, Apartment 6A, Corona, NY 11368
Objective email@example.com (866) 831-1234
A position as a Hospital Specialist Sales Representative Position as a Post-Placement Counselor at Prep for Prep
Summary of Skills & Qualifications EDUCATION:
Bachelor of Science in Human Development, May 20XX
Binghamton University, State University of New York
Exceeded sales goals by 15% while developing new territories; established
relationships with key stakeholders and increased company market share by Relevant Courses: Community Mental Health, Principles of Case Management,
more than 30% through implementation of new sales strategies. Black Child and Adolescent Development, Child Welfare Policy
Managed territory in an efficient manner through effective business planning RELEVANT EXPERIENCE:
and implementation, ascribing to principles of key account prioritization. Binghamton Enrichment Program (BEP), Binghamton University
Systematically evaluated sales opportunities and targeted those with greatest Peer Counselor, Summers 20XX-present
potential for producing positive business results Mentoring/Advising
CUSTOMER RELATIONS Provide live-in support services to approximately 12-14 Educational
Established trusting relationships with customer base to ensure customer Opportunity Program (EOP) pre-freshmen.
satisfaction; consistently achieved a customer retention rate exceeding 97% Assist students in building academic skills as they acclimate to the
Resolved customer complaints using individualized problem solving techniques University’s social and cultural environment.
Educated and trained new sales associates Plan and implement activities for BEP participants, including volleyball
Edited monthly health newsletter, with a monthly circulation of 3,000 and bowling tournaments, and build-your-own sundae night.
Coordinate and promote “Get Involved with BU!” panel to introduce
students to extracurricular, recreational, and volunteer opportunities.
Pathology Assistant, Health Services, Inc., Vestal, NY (August 20xx – Present) Fresh Cycles, Binghamton, NY
Sales Representative, NSG, Binghamton, NY (June 20xx – July 20xx) After School Program Volunteer, September 20XX-June 20XX
Pediatric Assistant, Lourdes Hospital, Binghamton, NY (May 20xx – August 20xx)
Provided tutoring and support for at-risk youth to improve grades and
Sales Associate, Bon Ton, Johnson City, NY (November 20xx – May 20xx)
Juvenile Urban Multicultural Program (J.U.M.P.) Nation, Binghamton University
Binghamton University, State University of New York Mentor, August 20XX, 20XX
Bachelor of Arts, Biological Sciences, May 20xx Mentored at-risk 8th grade inner city “protégé” during a four-day visit to
Major GPA: 4.00/4.00 Overall GPA: 3.75/4.00 campus to encourage the pursuit of higher education.
SKILLS Attended weekly meetings to learn coping strategies to help assigned
protégé overcome challenges or handle difficult situations.
Computer: Dreamweaver, Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint Provided support and encouragement to help students overcome obstacles
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT while helping them experience academic, cultural and recreational
activities at the University.
Volunteer Coach, Vestal High School Tennis Team, (September 20xx – Present)
Mentor, School to Careers Partnership, (September 20xx – June 20xx) INTERESTS:
Cycling, sustainable living, animal rights, cooking