A curriculum vitae is longer than the average 1-2 page resume because it provides
a greater range of information which can include:
Professional, Vocational or Research Objective
Summary of Qualifications
Professional Licenses or Certifications
Education including Post Graduate, Graduate and Undergraduate Degrees and Studies
Listing of Relevant Course work to Match Career or Academic Objective
Educational or Professional Honors or Awards
Scientific or Academic Research, Laboratory Experience and Related Skills
Description of Thesis or Dissertation, Papers Written, Publications
Academic or Professional Presentations
Related Extracurricular Activities, Professional and Association Memberships
Work Experience - Paid or Volunteer
Technical and Specialized Skills such as Computer Progamming
Interests - Future Academic or Professional Goals
Travel / Exposure to Cultural Experiences
Foreign Language Skills
Additional Information that May Support Objective or Qualifications
Writing a resume that will make you stand out from the crowd and convince potential
employers that you are someone they should interview at all costs is no easy task.
Hundreds of applications may be received for one job advertisement and the employer
will in all likelihood spend little more than a few hours sifting through the mountain
of resumes they receive. This means that your resume may well have less than a minute
in which to grab the reader's attention and convince them to put you on the short
list.Your resume must be concisely worded and achievement oriented, with the most
important information, such as key skills and most recent/most senior level experience,
near the beginning, where it will draw the employer in and persuade them to read
on. The reader must be able to find easily the information they require in order
to assess the relevance of your application. If the data they need is not immediately
obvious, they will in all likelihood simply move on to the next resume.
The most effective way of laying out your resume is to summarize, in a profile section
at the top, your key skills, talents and experience, followed by a further summary
highlighting your major career achievements. After that, outline your employment
history in reverse chronological order (most recent first). You can then summarize
your educational background and any relevant training programs completed, before
providing details of other relevant skills, such as IT skills or foreign language
ability, together with a few personal details.
Everyone's background is different so there's no single formula on how to make a
resume that fits all cases. So use these tips to guide your thought process but trust
your own common sense on how to handle specific issues when you make your own resume.
Keep in mind that you only have 30 seconds to make a good impression with your resume
so don't miss your opportunity.
The general rule for page length is 1-page for typical entry level college students
and 2 pages for everyone else.
Don't include a picture of yourself unless you're in an industry that requires a
photograph (e.g., TV, theatre, film).
Don't include personal information (marital status, children, date of birth, ethnicity)
on a US style resume.
Make sure to put your name on the first line at the top of your resume in a large
font with your contact information immediately below it.
Use a summary section "intro" on your resume to give the reader a brief picture of
your background. Make this section very short and strong.
Include a bulleted list in the experience section of your resume to showcase your
accomplishments. Make these statements short and strong.
Use a font size between 10 and 12 for the body text of your resume. Make sure to
choose a font that's compatible with applicant tracking systems that many employers
If you have negative information in your background, try to avoid including it on
your resume if you can.
Watch the tone of your resume. Make sure you don't write in an arrogant manner.
You're going to have a tough time selling yourself to a prospective employer if he/she
feels you're talking down to them.
Make sure your resume is accurate and be honest with what you say.
Don't include salary information or your references on your resume document.
Once you've finalized your resume, make sure you make all the file conversions you
will need in your job search.