Resumes and CV/Resume Hybrids
Resumes generally fall into 3 different types: chronological, functional, and a combination resume which is a mix of chronological and functional. This article from Glassdoor is a great resource to help you understand which type might be the best fit for you and the position to which you are applying.
The following resources are to help you build your own resume. Once you have a draft, we recommend you contact one of the career centers or advisors in your area of study for review and additional feedback.
General Resume Guides & Resources
A fantastic guide that provides a general resume template and examples of resumes from various fields including engineering, education, humanities, and social sciences that are tailored to industry, higher ed, and consulting. (See pg. 16-24 of the PDF)
Brief overview of guidelines for creating effective resumes and links to resources and guides.
Resume tips and a video on crafting an effective resume from Business Career Services.
ImaginePhD contains general resources on creating effective resumes and cover letters including examples of tailored resumes and cover letters for actual job postings in each job family. Tailored resources can be found in the Apply section of each job family.
In some cases, generally industry, policy, higher education administration, and many governmental positions, you will submit a CV/Resume hybrid. These are often positions that require a Master's degree or Ph.D. While the overall structure of a CV/Resume Hybrid is similar to a resume and highlights your skills as related to the position description, your academic credentials and research/publication record are often also included. Longer than a traditional resume, hybrids are still shorter than a CV (generally 3-5 pages), and highlight your most relevant publications, grants, or other materials that showcase your subject matter expertise as related to the position to which you are applying.
If you are applying for jobs with the federal government through USAJOBS.gov please check the resource section below for helpful guides and resources on how to format and craft an appropriate resume to their guidelines and learn about how you will be assessed through their process.
Creating resumes for federal job postings in USAJOBS.gov
Totally new to applying for federal jobs? Read this post from a former AAAS Fellow.
First: Visit USAJOBS.gov and use a number of key words and parameters to see what types of jobs are out there in your field or area of interest and carefully read the qualifications and duties sections to make sure this is a job you would be interested in applying for.
Second: Visit the USAJOBS.gov FAQ and Guidance Page on how to build your resume and apply for federal positions and build a basic resume you can use later as a base for more tailored resumes to specific positions you are applying for.
Third: Get familiar with the federal government careers classification system to better understand the position levels and hiring processes.
Fourth: Watch this video from the Office of Personnel Management on how to write a federal resume.
- The U.S. Office of Personnel Management offers virtual writing sessions to help people create their resumes and application materials for federal positions. These sessions are held monthly and you can register here to attend the next session. These sessions cover the following: This virtual presentation will explain each section of the job opportunity announcement (JOA) in an effort to better inform applicants and to assist them in selecting the right job. The presentation highlights a three part process to assist applicants in writing their Federal resume. Attendees will be shown a real JOA and walked through a process that helps them review the JOA to determine qualifications and interest, identify the important requirements and then tailor their resumes with that JOA. Lastly, it will provide a quick overview of the resume builder on USAJOBS.