The resume is a job search tool that provides an employer with a brief description of your education, job skills and work experience. A well organized resume, with no spelling or grammar mistakes, will help you to get an interview with an employer.



Read more about resume preparation.

View some resume samples that would help you prepare your resume.

Resume content

  • Contact information
    • name, address, e-mail address, telephone and relay number (optional)
  • Objective
    • type of position desired
  • Education
    • do not include high school education if attending or have graduated from college
    • GPA if 3.0 or above, Dean's list
  • Job skills related to the position desired
  • Work experience and volunteer experience
    • company name, city and state location
    • month/year started job and the month/year ended job
    • job title
    • brief description of responsibilities
  • Outstanding achievements (awards, scholarships)
  • Activities (optional)
  • Phrase at bottom saying "references and portfolio available upon request"

Remember to:

  • See your NCE employment advisor for help with listing the technical skills for your major
  • Have someone with good spelling and grammar skills proofread the resume
  • Print the resume on high quality paper (resume paper)
  • Make sure the resume is professional looking and easy to read
  • Send the resume to several people through e-mail, to make sure the format that is transmitted is readable, before e-mailing the resume to an employer (using 'plain' text format is usually the best way to e-mail a resume)
  • List education and jobs in reverse order starting with the most recent
  • Keep the information on the resume brief, one page is best

Note: People who have been working for a while since college should move the education section under the job skills and work experience sections.