Build a Competitive Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Before you apply for a job, it is critical that your application package, including your resume or curriculum vitae (CV), is the best that it can be. Get professional advice for writing your resume or CV, view samples and learn how to tell your unique story.

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If you already have a CV, you may need to consolidate the information to fit in a resume format for a job search outside of academia.

Transform Your CV to a Resume in a Few Simple Steps:

1. Pick a Format

Pick a resume format and stick to it. Use consistent spacing, font and format, and convert to a PDF.

2. Identify Skills

Research and identify skills and qualifications that the employer is looking for in the job postings.

3. Brainstorm

Brainstorm a list of transferable skills and relevant experiences.

4. Organize

Organize your information to highlight experiences and skills that are relevant to the job posting.

5. Use Action Words

Use a variety of "action words" to describe your experiences and skills. Avoid using each word more than once. 

6. Customize

Streamline and customize your resume by removing experiences and skills that are not relevant to the job posting.

7. Make an Appointment

Get your resume reviewed by a career expert during an Express 20-minute same-day appointment.

8. Revise, Save and Print

Revise your resume, proofread carefully, save as a PDF and print the final copy.