It is a good idea to start by assessing your strengths/skills, experiences, and professional goal(s), in relation to the desired qualifications of the position that you are seeking. Moreover, consider your audience as you build your résumé.
Be sure to create a specialized résumé for each job. It can be useful to prepare a résumé for your own use that includes all of your experiences; this can then be used to create your specialized résumés.
Also, be mindful that the job search does not end or begin with the résumé but:
A curricula vitae is used by those seeking positions in academia. It is typically quite long, as it emphasizes one's experiences in teaching, research, grant awards, publications and presentations.
A chronological format is the traditional format that most people think of when they imagine what a résumé looks like. It is designed in reverse chronological order, meaning you start with your most recent experiences and work your way back. For instance, you begin with your most recent job and end with your oldest job.
Typical headings include: Education, Professional Experience, Volunteer Experience, Research Experience, Professional Development, Professional Affiliations, and Awards and Honors. You do not need to use every heading; instead, fit the headings to your experiences. Under each heading, highlight your outcomes and accomplishments rather than listing your job description or duties.
Typically, it is not useful to use a template because:
It can also be helpful to review other résumés to get an idea of what you would like your résumé to include. Please refer to our résumé example as a guide.
University of Michigan
School of Social Work
1080 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106