Resume Formats

There are a number of different formats for building a resume. Each has positives and negatives. For the overwhelming majority of entry-level candidates, the best choice (and the expectation of most recruiters) would be a Reverse Chronological Resume.

REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL RÉSUMÉ: For each key résumé category after your profile (education, summary, experience, skills, and activities), this format presents information by date, beginning with your present or most recent school/position/activity within each category.

But what if they ask for a CV? In most cases, if you are applying for an entry-level position in the United States, employers are likely using the terms “CV” and “Resume” interchangeably even though they technically have very different meanings. Some candidates in the sciences, or preparing for the medical, legal, or higher education industries may benefit from a Curriculum Vitae, or CV. However, for most entry-level candidates, even in those industries, candidates are often better served with a standard Reverse Chronological resume if they have not yet accumulated significant experience.

CURRICULUM VITAE (CV): A CV will often include a lot more detail than a typical resume, could run many, many pages in length, and would have additional sections such as courses taught, research experience, publications, presentations, grants, fellowships, professional associations and licensing.

If you think a CV, or another format, might be best for you, please contact the Career Center for a review of your experience.

**PLEASE NOTE: If you are applying to jobs in the U.S. Federal government there are different standards and expectations for resumes. A good starting point is this Federal Resume Template, but please check in with the Career Center to help finalize your resume.