At its core, a résumé is a marketing tool in which the content should be adapted to suit each individual job application or applications aimed at a particular industry. It is advisable to highlight only those experiences and qualifications that the applicant considers most relevant to the desired position, based on the position description and overall industry standards. Many résumés contain keywords or skills that potential employers are looking for via applicant tracking systems, make heavy use of active verbs, and display content in a flattering manner. In other words—what makes the candidate the most qualified to perform the fundamental job requirements in an exceptional manner as compared to other candidates?

In most contexts, a résumé is typically limited to one or two pages (or up to three pages with a broader history in the field), using single-spacing and 10-12 size font, preferably sans-serif. The complexity or simplicity of various résumé formats tends to produce results varying from person to person, for the occupation, and to the industry. Résumés or CVs used by medical professionals, professors, researchers, artists and people in other specialized fields may be comparatively longer. Please see Program Specific Resources for more information regarding the variations by profession.

Although current technology allows for limitless opportunities to apply for positions virtually, the mass distribution of résumés to employers can often have a negative effect on the applicant’s chances of securing employment as the résumés tend not to be tailored for the specific positions the applicant is applying for. When it comes down to being selected for interview and eventual hire, traditional networking and relationship-building through “marketing” oneself is key.

Below are two helpful resources for building your resume:

Big InterviewBig

Create a basic, professional-looking resume in just a few easy steps! Includes video lessons for helping you determine the structure and content of your resume, including persuasive writing techniques that will strongly compliment other aspects of your job application and interview. Industry-specific templates coming soon!

Targeted ResumeResume

Powered by Artificial Intelligence, Targeted Resume is a career platform that helps you tailor your resume to the job you’re applying for. Upload your resume and job posting, and in 10 seconds, this resume scanner will scan the job posting you’re applying for and highlight keywords and skills your resume is missing. The platform will also make recommendations for updating your LinkedIn profile!

Additional Resources by Resume Worded

Networking email templates – email templates students can use to connect with alumni virtually, grow their network on LinkedIn, and get introduced to new contacts.

Career advice from the world’s best – Bite-sized career advice from the world’s most successful professionals, including Tony Robbins, Oprah and Arianna Huffington.

Job search checklist – A step-by-step checklist to help students stay organized and focused if they are looking for a new job.