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.
A resume is a one- to two-page document that outlines your education, skills, accomplishments and experience. Its purpose is to help you capture the attention of an employer so you can get an interview.
When seeking a job or internship, design your resume to highlight your most related experience and skills. Write about internship(s), related volunteer experiences; academic or individual projects depending on your ﬁeld of study or career goals.
Here are some typical sections you can include:
Objective (optional): An objective is used to explain why you are creating this resume and can be an opportunity to connect you to a specific job/internship, but they are not mandatory.
Seeking an internship in human services for the Summer of 20XX utilizing demonstrated interpersonal and helping skills.
Education: List your degrees, majors, minors, study abroad and/or any other relevant training/opportunities.
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Master of Art, Major, Graduation Month 20XX
Bachelor of Arts or Science, Major, Graduation Month 20XX
Experience: Any employment, internships, significant campus leadership offices, volunteer work and class/research projects.
Research Assistant, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York Feb 20XX-Feb 20XX
Thesis: CFD Analysis, Optimization and Fluid-Structure-Interaction Simulations (FSI) of an Axial Gas Turbine
Relevant Projects: Projects that you did in class that are related to your major/career interest.
Marketing Plan, University at Buffalo Spring 20XX
Skills: Use this section to highlight skills that are specifically related to the job/internship you are seeking.
Languages: Fluent in Cantonese and basic Mandarin
Software/Programs: Adobe Creative Suite, CAD, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Publisher, Access)
Certifications: American Heart Association CPR (June 20XX)
Involvement: List clubs, sports, leadership roles and/or volunteering that you've done. This is especially helpful when looking for internships or part-time job without having a lot of work experience. Include accomplishments using strong action words.
UB Club Hockey, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York
Achievements: Indicate noteworthy academic, athletic, community, club and employer recognition.
Note: If you are only listing 1-3 honors, consider incorporating into education section rather than creating separate section.
Honors and Awards
What skills do you bring? No matter your field of study, it’s important to speak their language and demonstrate how your academic experiences translate to workplace performance.
Enroll in our How to Write a Resume course, an online course that guides you to having an eye-catching resume, letting your professional strengths shine.
This course is free when you create an account using your @buffalo.edu email.
Visit the Career Services website for many great resources, including resume, CV, cover letter and thank you note samples.