Student Professional Development Center

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best format to use for my resume?

There is not a ‘perfect’ way to format your resume. An excellent resume can come in many different forms, as long as basic rules are observed. Using clear, easy-to-read fonts, providing information in a concise and persuasive way, and having a visually-appealing layout are all aspects of an effective resume.

Check out our sample resumes for ideas and schedule an appointment to talk to one of our career services professionals about starting or editing your resume by calling (336) 278-6538 or visiting us in Moseley Center, Room 140.

I don't have a resume and I don't know where to start. Should I use a template? 

Using a template for a resume is rarely a good idea. We highly recommend creating your resume in a Word document and saving it as a PDF document when you send it to employers. Begin your resume creation by listing your name, contact information, and work experiences. Make sure to think of all the recent experiences you have had, including campus activities, volunteer work, and major class projects. After you have done this, check out our formatting guidelines! 

What information should I include on a resume? 

A resume should include your name, contact information, education, and an overview of your experiences, skills, and involvement. For more information about what sections you should include or how to write and format them, take a look at our sample resumes or formatting guidelines.

How long should my resume be? 

For current college students and recent graduates, a resume should be no longer than one page. If you are applying for graduate school or have been in the workforce for a few years, a two-page resume might be a better choice. With either choice, make sure your resume fills the page(s) and looks visually appealing.

What if I don't have any real work experience? 

Paid work is not the only thing you can put on a resume! Internship experiences, study abroad, major class projects, volunteer work, and leadership roles in student organizations should all be included. 

What is the best format for sending my resume to an employer? 

We recommend saving your resume as “Your Name Job Title Resume.” This makes it easier for employers to identify your resume and which position you are applying for. Submit your resume as a PDF document because PDFs are easy to open and the formatting will not be affected if viewed on different computers.