A resume is a summary of your relevant experience and skills. While the layout and style of an effective resume can vary, there are basic guidelines to follow.
- Don't use a resume template–build your own document.
- Keep the resume to one page.
- Use proper spacing to ensure an easy to read layout.
- Don't overuse fonts and font styles.
- Use action words in your descriptions.
- Be honest about your accomplishments and achievements.
- Proofread! Read it to yourself out loud, have a friend proof it and then submit it to the CCPA for review.
- Save your final version as a PDF. Include your name in the file name, such as jane-doe-resume.pdf.
Sophomore Resume Initiative
The CCPA wants 100% of the Class of 2023 to have a reviewed resume by the end of their Sophomore year, and we are launching the Sophomore Resume Initiative to get it done!
Sections of a Resume
The sections of a resume vary, depending on your background and experience. Learn which sections to consider when developing your resume.
A CCPA advisor can provide a review of your resume, cover letter, or personal statement for a fellowship or graduate/professional school application.