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Resume & CVs - What to Include

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Twardowski Career Development Center

225 Lawrence Center
705 S. New Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2501

Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:30pm (Fall & Spring Semesters)
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm (Summer)

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Resumes & CVs - What to Include

What to Include

Rammy W. Chester
700 South High Street • West Chester, PA 19383 • (610) 111-7788

West Chester University of Pennsylvania, West Chester, PA
Bachelor of (degree) in (major), Graduation: May 2017
GPA: 3.##

  • List degrees in reverse chronological order (most recent first then to least recent)

Relevant Coursework (optional): Highlight 4 to 8 relevant courses. Courses should showcase subject knowledge or professional skills; a course list can provide added content if you have less experience. List descriptive course names, not course numbers.

Organization Name, City, ST
Position title, Month/Year - Month/Year

  • May include paid or unpaid full-time and part-time jobs, internships, student teaching, volunteer positions, and other activities in which you developed relevant skills
  • List all experiences in reverse chronological order
  • Use bullets to answer: what you did, how you did it and why you did it
  • Use action verbs to describe your responsibilities (present tense for current positions and past tense for previous experiences)
  • May have more than one experience in this section

Organization Name, City, ST
Position title, Month/Year - Month/Year

  • May not have as many bullets but still valuable work where you gained transferable skills, such as communication, customer service, and teamwork


  • Begin this section with any WCU clubs/organizations; this section should also be in reverse chronological order, include dates
  • List any positions and/or significant responsibilities if applicable


  • Other common sections of a resume include Volunteer Experience, Publications, Presentations, Honors and Awards, Professional Associations, and Interests
  • Create your own category (e.g., Leadership Experience, Teaching Experience) if you have a number of experiences in one area

Usually a brief list of computer software applications you use, languages you can speak/write as well as your level of proficiency, or areas of certification relevant to your field (e.g., C.P.R.).

REFERENCES (Do not put "References Available Upon Request" on your resume; this wastes a line of space)

  • Create a separate page for listing your professional references, typically listing 3-5 individuals including: name, title, organization, address, phone and email.
  • If their relationship to you is not clear by the title, consider indicating their professional relation to you.



First impressions matter! Resumes should be easy to read and well-organized. Avoid using a standard template, and create your document using a consistent format with these tips:

  • DO:
    • 0.5-1.0 inch margins
    • 10-12 point. font (with your name/heading a little larger, to stand out)
    • Simple font style (Cambria, Times New Roman, Garamond, Arial, Calibri)
    • 1 page is typically recommended by employers for current students and recent grads
    • 2 pages is acceptable in Education, Government, Healthcare, and Nonprofit industries, and for experienced individuals or graduate students
  • DON'T:
    • Use uneven spacing, alignment of text, and margins, which shows a lack of consistency
    • Use font sizes that are too large (14 pt. or larger) or too small (less than 10 pt.)
    • Use fancy fonts, all caps, all bold, all italics, etc.
    • Include images or graphics, including personal photos (Artistic & Creative industries may be exceptions for demonstrating design skills)
    • Color is becoming more acceptable but keep in mind overly light colors may not print or photocopy well, and overly bright colors might not be visually appealing

Resume vs. Curriculum Vitae (CV): What's the difference?

A resume summarizes your educational background, work experiences, skills, extracurricular involvements, and sometimes your interests – to highlight your qualifications in relation to a specific goal (e.g., job or internship application, supplement to graduate school application. A resume is typically 1-2 pages.

A curriculum vitae (CV) is similar to a resume, although it is longer and more comprehensive. Most commonly used in academia, research, education, and fine arts settings, a CV provides greater detail of ALL of an individual’s experiences, including emphasis on publications, presentations, courses taught, research interests, professional development, committee participation, and so forth. Because CVs can vary in length from 5 to 30 or more pages, rather than develop samples of our own we suggest you look at the following comprehensive, expert resources on CV development. WCU CDC professionals can assist you during appointments with CV development.

Including Research on Your Resume

Conducting research with a faculty member, as part of a class, or through a special internship or research program is excellent experience that future graduate schools AND employers highly value.

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