The Basics of a Résumé
A résumé is a sample of your writing skills and should represent your best work. Thus, it should be professional: clear, concise, consistent, error-free, and up-to-date.
The following guidelines are meant to assist you in presenting yourself professionally to potential employers and/or experience providers and to help you show them how you meet their needs.
Many different ideas exist on the proper procedure and style for creating a résumé. Some people insist on one thing, some on another.
So who's right? Your audience.
Though the style you use and the information you include in a résumé is ultimately yours, the most important thing you can do, in all phases of the job search, is to know the needs of your audience and tailor your résumé accordingly.
- To learn more about how to research your audience, utilize the Know Your Audience (KYA) Guide.
- To understand the process of tailoring your résumé and cover letter to your audience, read the Tailoring Your Cover Letter and Résumé PDF document.
- For help in starting from scratch, utilize Optimal Résumé. Log in to your my.byui.edu account, select the Services tab, then Optimal Résumé.
To create a powerful chronological résumé:
(2) Utilize the Writing a Résumé guide and samples/resources below to compile it (DO NOT use a template)
(3) Assess your with the Anatomy of Effective Chronological Résumés checklist.
(4) Schedule an appointment to receive one-on-one feedback from a trained career preparation mentor
- Business (Finance - Wall Street Style) Résumé Sample 1 - Paul Young
- Business (Finance - Wall Street Style) Résumé Sample 2 - Stephanie Benchley
- Business (Human Resources) Résumé - Jason Osborn
- Business (Marketing) Résumé - 15 Years of Professional Experience (With matching Cover Letter)
- Business (Supply Chain) Résumé - Jordan Rabe
- Child Development (Early Childhood) Résumé - Miya Stucki
- Communication (Broadcast Journalism) Résumé - Sunny Russell
- Communication (Organizational Comm) Résumé - Joshua Burt (With matching Cover Letter)
- Communication (Public Relations) Résumé - Melyssa Winn
- Computer Information Technology Résumé - Jared Ondricek
- Construction Management Résumé - Tyler D. Card (Alumni)
- Construction Management Résumé - Tyler D. Card (student)
- English Résumé - Riley Tanner (from Karen Holt)
- English Résumé - Sara Lord
- General Résumé 1 - Michael Stockholm
- General Résumé 2 - Brittany Shore
- Graphic Design Résumé & Cover Letter - Stacy Toone
- Mechanical Engineering Résumé & Guidelines - Benjamin C. Groen
- Political Science Résumé - Eric Wolf
- Rec Management Résumé - Janie Bradshaw (Therapeutic Rec)
- Scannable/Plain Text Résumé
- Social Work Résumé - Amanda Ondricek
- Sociology Résumé - Beckah Goolsby
- Theatre Résumé - Travis Kensington
- Two Addresses Résumé - Benjamin Limb
To learn about when skills-based résumés are appropriate and how to get started writing one, utilize the Skills-based Résumé Guide and Checklist.
- Skills-based Functional (No Employment History Listed) Résumé - Robert Darin
- Skills-based Functional (Bare Bones Employment History) Résumé - Robert Darin
- Skills-based Functional (Bare Bones Employment History) Résumé - Amanda Ondricek
- Skills-based Health Science Functional Résumé (Employment History with Add'l Details) - Brad Cuniff
- Skills-based Combination or Hybrid Résumé (Integrated Employment History) - Amanda Ondricek
- Tailoring Your Skills-based Résumé to a Job Description - Amanda Ondricek
Curriculum Vitae (CV) Samples
- Teacher Education CV sample (for BYU-Idaho student teachers)
- Elementary Education CV template from Rhonda Seamons
Making Your Résumé More Powerful
The words you choose play a significant role in how your résumé will influence a potential employer. Use the documents below to give you some ideas on the words employers want to see on a strong résumé:
- Writing Effective Bullets PowerPoint
- Making your Bullets more Powerful
- Brainstorming Your Way to Effective Bullets
- Résumé Verbs By Skill