Resumes & Interviews

Your resume is a marketing tool; it promotes you as an ideal candidate to potential employers. The goal in writing a resume is to make yourself attractive to potential employers, securing you the opportunity to interview with the organization.

Elements of a Successful Resume

There is no one “right” way to write a resume – the most effective format depends on what you have done and what you are trying to accomplish.

Resume Format

  • Chronological

    Experience is listed from most recent to least. Job titles and employers are emphasized in order to show a progressive job history. Your responsibilities, skills and accomplishments are described in detail. This type of resume very clearly displays your work history and is the most commonly used resume type.

  • Functional

    Identifies and highlights skills and accomplishments you have learned from previous employment and experiences (i.e., classroom and/or volunteer) and divides them into three or more categories according to a common, skill-based theme. This format allows the writer to focus on relevant skills rather than recent positions.

Resume Samples

Walk-In Resume Reviews

Meet with a Peer Career Advisor for resume and cover letter advice and/or a critique. Weekly walk-in hours are available at both the Loop and Lincoln Park Career Centers.