Prepare a Resumé or a CV

‌A strong resume paints a clear, concise picture of your experiences, skills and strengths. For employers, resumes work as both introductions to and reminders of potential employees; many even use resumes as guidelines for interviews. For applicants, resumes are self-evaluation tools; creating, rereading and updating your resume can help you perceive what you can offer in the job market and to construct your career goals.

Not everyone's resume will look the same or have all of the same information, but a strong resume will be well-organized and will make it easy for the reader to find key information.

Resume guidelines for college students:

  • One page in length
  • Put the name that you want to be called at the top of the page; it is not a legal document, so your full name is not necessary
  • Order your experiences in reverse chronological order (most recent first)
  • Emphasize experience and skills of use to the job/internship/position
  • Print on high-quality paper (unless sending electronically)
  • No typographical errors
  • Be completely truthful
  • Remove most high-school experiences by the junior year


Jobscan is a tool that gives job seekers an instant analysis of how well their resume is tailored for a particular job and how it can be even better optimized for an ATS. Visit Jobscan and either paste in the text of your resume or upload a Word or PDF file, then paste the text of the job posting you’re interested in.

Resume Worksheet - Use this if you are writing a resume for the first time; it contains detailed guidance on how to craft a resume.


Sample Resumes 

First Year/Sophomore Resume Sample

Junior/Senior Resume with Skills Sample

Fine Art Resume Samples 1, 2, and 3

Finance Resume Sample

Graphic Design Resume Sample

Teaching/Coaching Resume Sample

Teaching Fine Art Resume Sample

Helpful Resources

 Descriptions of Sewanee Activities

Descriptions of Commonly-Held Jobs

Resume Power Words‌- Use these suggested action verbs to begin each of your entries.

Choosing a font for your resume

Formatting your resume for scannning software


What is a CV?

Sample #1 of a CV

Sample #2 of a CV

Sample #3 of a CV

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