A resume is a summary of your educational and work experiences, including skills, certifications, and other relevant activities.  As Purdue’s OWL Resume Workshop states, “the purpose of a resume … is to get an interview.”  With that in mind, you should always include contact information, complete work and educational histories, and a summary of any skills, activities, or experiences you possess.  Unlike a printed or emailed resume, the e-portfolio is published to the web, and should not contain contact information such as phone number or address.  The “Contact” page allows potential employers to contact you while preserving your privacy.

(Adapted from Purdue’s OWL Resume Workshop: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/719/1/)

Your resume should be organized so that a reader can find your most important information within twenty or thirty seconds of reading.  The Purdue Owl Resume Design page has several examples of well-laid out resumes.  Although printed resumes will differ in layout from online resumes, the priorities are the same: organization and visual presentation of the text.  Use headings, paragraphs, and bulleted lists to present your professional objectives, educational achievements, and work experience in such a way that they are easily and quickly read and convey the skills, experiences, and talents you have that may be of interest to employers and college admission committees.

(Adapted from Purdue’s OWL Resume Design page: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/631/1/)

 Examples of Good Resumes:

sample resume

Feel free to experiment with your resume format.  The key is to present your relevant educational and work experience in an organized, easy-to-access way.  You should be as complete as possible; it helps potential employers and college committees to form a mental timeline of your life and get a clearer idea as to your experiences and capabilities.  Be sure to give commentary about each item: don’t just list your job title, but tell what you did, what your duties and responsibilities were.  This will allow the reader to understand the skills and competencies you have developed in the course of your work or volunteer experience.

The question of whether to begin with your education or work experience largely comes down to the amount of work experience that you have, and how relevant it is to the career you are seeking.  Most community college students should start their resumes with a career objective or their educational achievements.  Use the example resumes as a guide.

The following Resume uses a different format, but is still very clear and organized:

Sample Resume