What is a resume?

A resume is a personalized statement that documents your competencies, accomplishments, skills, abilities and future capabilities.  It is a focused statement used to highlight your knowledge, skills, abilities, educational and experiential background as these characteristics relate to particular jobs/fields that are of interest to you.  To do this effectively you may decide to have more than one version of your resume, especially if you have varied career interests. 

The resume is an essential tool in acquiring a job or internship.  Additionally, many graduate programs require applicants to submit a resume.

For a list of action verbs visit the Career Development's Guide To Writing A Resume.

Once you have completed your resume and prior to getting it reviewed by a counselor, please use this Resume Checklist, to help you determine if your resume is meeting best practices. Make changes based on your personal review, and then upload to SJUcareers or stop in during Drop In Hours for review by a counselor.

When printing a resume sample, please click "fit to page" to ensure an accurate document view.

At the graduate level, resumes will vary greatly based on your experience and your professional goals.  These samples serve as illustrations of graduate resumes, but please make an appointment to speak with a career counselor about your unique background and experience and the best way to strategically place that on your resume.

If you are an international student, please view the Resumes for International Students webinar to learn more about best practices for resumes in the United States

For a sample curriculum vitae, please refer to the Chronicle of Higher Education