Step 1: Collect Experiences and Skills

Begin the process of writing your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) by making note of all of the experiences and positions you’ve had. Be extensive—this is not the time to worry about keeping things to one page. Use the resume starter kit to get started. The table below covers content to consider as you brainstorm.

Content Essentials Hints
These components are ESSENTIAL for EVERY resume and CV.
Contact Information Full name, address, best phone number and email to reach you, and web address (e.g. your LinkedIn or online portfolio) you would like employers to use to contact you. Make sure email and phone number are professionally appropriate and typo-free. Do not include your address or phone number if posting your resume or CV publicly online.
Education Name of school, degree earned, major and minor, expected graduation date, and sometimes GPA (depends on field and employer). GPA is not included on CVs. List your highest degree first followed by other degrees you have received. Listing community college is optional, especially if no degree was awarded. Can also list study abroad experiences.
Relevant Experience Job title, company name, dates of experience, describe job duties, significant accomplishments and contributions. You can include volunteer or leadership and research experience related to your objective here (or below) as well. Experiences should be listed in reverse chronological order. Can include paid and non-paid positions, internships and military duty. Present achievements, contributions and results. CVs could include professional, research and teaching (mentoring) experience sections.
The following categories are optional and can be included on a resume or CV—include the categories that best describe your skills and experiences that relate to the position you are seeking.
Objective Only used when describing a very specific position (e.g. "Summer internship at Intel," "Career position in finance," or "Senior analyst #6532 at Sandia National Lab"). This is a one-line description of the position desired that may include job title, job number and company name. It can be omitted in most cases, and is typically not included in CVs.
Qualifications/Skills Identify skills the employer is looking for. They may be grouped by category such as: laboratory skills; computer and sotfware skills; research techniques, processes and analysis; language skills; and administrative or professional skills, but do not have to be. List only the skills you can perform with little or no supervision. Consider using the ICC's transferable skills list.
Group/Class Projects/Relevant Coursework Relevant classes and/or projects. Include if it demonstrates skill set or knowledge gained through coursework or project implementation, but make sure it is relevant to the position. List the course title, not the course number. Relevant classes can be listed as a subsection under Education.
Honors and Awards Honors, awards, grants, and scholarships. Be sure to include a description and year received. Focus on merit-based scholarships and grants. Can be listed separately or as a subsection under Education. For a CV, this section should follow the publications and presentations section.
Travel List countries and travel experiences, if relevant to the position for which you are applying.
Research/Publications/Presentations/Posters Project title, where published and when. Undergrads—List roles as Research Assistant, name the lab, project or techniques. For CV, list publications in citation format. STEM fields ususally number publications and bold your name in the list of authors.
Relevant Volunteer and Community Activities/Leadership/Academic Service List organization, office(s) held and time frame. A brief description of accomplishments can also be added if highly relevant. We suggest that you place internship positions under the experience section instad of this section.
Certifications/Licenses/Patents List if noteworthy and/or applicable to the position for which you are applying. Only list if current. Add date issued or future expiration date. Write out abbreviations.
Professional Affiliations Include current memberships only, add leadership positions within organizations if appropriate. For advanced degree resumes, it might be best to include this information below the education section.
References Not included on a resume, but included on a CV and should include full contact information. See references page for more information.