Résumés and Vitas
These OWL resources will help you compose effective résumés and Curriculum Vitae for your job search. This section includes resources on page design (which includes using white space, headings, and fonts), as well as resources on tailoring your résumé for specific employers. This section also contains links to other OWL resources geared for working class positions.
Before beginning to write your résumé, it is a good idea to understand what you are writing, why you are writing it, and what is expected as you write it. This basic introduction will aid both new résumé writers and those who may have forgotten certain details about résumé writing.
When writing a résumé, you need to understand the specific needs of each section. This resource, with information about contact information, education, and work experience sections, will help explain what each section requires.
You have probably heard the saying, "Keep your résumé to a page." Although this is true for most cases, many employers are accepting longer résumés...in certain instances. Use this resource to gain more understanding about what constitutes the page length of a résumé.
This handout provides a traditional résumé sample and a scannable résumé sample for a comparison as well as general guidelines on writing scannable résumé.
This handout provides information on visual résumé design.
This presentation is designed to assist students in learning the various methods for crafting a technologically correct document that will be successfully translated into a potential employer's database. The slides presented here are designed to aid the facilitator in an interactive presentation of scannable resumes. This presentation is ideal for students who already have some working knowledge of general resume writing and need to tailor their resume for scanning. Furthermore, this presentation is beneficial to students who are nearing the time when they will be ready to apply for jobs or internships.
This handout describes how to tailor your resume when applying for management positions.
This résumé workshop provides detailed explanations, as well step-by-step processes, for creating an effective résumé. The Purdue OWL also maintains résumé quick tips resources and a résumé PowerPoint slide presentation. Please visit those resources for shorter discussions of the résumé.
This section details how to develop and format a reference sheet.
This handout provides an overview of strategies for writing an effective curriculum vitae. This topic is particularly important for graduate students who are entering the academic job market for the first time
This section of resources contains samples of skills, chronological, and functional résumés. The Interactive Résumé resource contains a sample résumé on which you can click each section to learn more about the different sections of the résumé and how to write each section of the résumé.