A resume is an efficient screening device for employers. The purpose of a resume is to obtain an interview. Think of a resume as an advertising brochure—highlighting your strong points and minimizing any limitations. It is your opportunity to give a potential employer a positive first impression. Top quality appearance is vital. The resume is a tool to showcase your skills, achievements, qualifications and personal qualities as they relate to the specific opportunity. Any imperfections (misspelled words, typos) can be used as reasons to remove you from the pool of candidates.
The Curriculum Vitae—the “CV”—is the traditional resume for academics. It is also used in other professions like laboratory research and medicine. If you apply to graduate school or for an academic position, the CV format is the most familiar to those evaluating your application. The CV is a complete account of all degrees, research and teaching positions, professional positions, achievements, publications, presentations, recognitions, collegiate activities, etc. The CV is expected to include references. The length of the CV is open-ended; in fact, brevity is not usually desirable. The CV often contains more categories; experience may be divided into research and teaching.
A cover letter should always accompany a resume. It will be read first, so make it perfect. Be specific about the position in which you are interested and how you learned about the opening. Include concrete, current information about the organization; show that you have done your homework. Mention a specific detail about your experience to interest the
employer. Request an action and include your e-mail address and telephone number(s).
Resume Writing Basics
What to put in a resume, what it's really for, how to handle references.
Tips for an Effective Resume
A set of quick tips from the pros at CDC!
Format for a Chronological Resume
A plan for setting up a resume in time order.
Format for a Functional Resume
A resume style that emphasizes what you've done more than when you did it.
Here are some how-to sites for designing resumes for job-seeking abroad...
Resume Objective Samples
Many people wonder what to write for their objective statements --
here are some good examples.
Action Words for Listing Skills and Accomplishments
This is a great list of verbs related to resume-writing!