A resume is a marketing tool to get you an interview for a particular opportunity. It’s not a record of everything you’ve ever done, and the best ones are never generic.

Your resume needs to be focused, concise and tailored to each opportunity you’re applying to because people tend to skim a resume in 30 seconds or less. To help you focus on what's most relevant to the position, we recommend making a professional inventory before creating your resume.

Page Setup

While it's fine to use examples to inspire you, it's best to create your own resume rather than use a template (looking fancy and being effective aren't the same thing). Here are some page set-up guidelines:

Required Sections

At a minimum, your resume must have these three sections. It might have more, but those sections are optional according to the needs of your audience and the content you want to deliver.

Optional Sections