A resume is a professional snapshot of your work experiences, volunteer experiences, and educational achievements. Because employers typically view resumes very quickly, it's important that it highlights your most recent and related information. A resume is not an application that lists everything you've ever done!
The best way to write a resume is to meet with a career specialist in our office since each resume is unique.
But here are a few of the most important tips:
- Customize your resume for every application. Use words that are similar to the job description and organization's values.
- List your most relevant experiences first.
- Write each bullet point with action verbs and clear description of your accomplishments and skills.
- Develop a crisp, professional layout that is easy for the reader to navigate.
See our list of top 10 tips for building your resume.
Format and Layout
Most students and recent alumni should write a one page resume that lists experiences in reverse-chronological order. Some alumni and CAPS/GS students with many years of experience use a functional resume, which groups experiences by skills.
- Chronological (pdf) - most commonly used
- Functional (pdf) - only for applicants with 10+ years of professional experience
Examples of Industry Resumes
Each industry can have unique resume requirements, check with a career specialist for current recommendations. More document examples can be found in the documents tab on the Bethel University Online Career Center.
Resumes by major/industry:
Don't apply on your own, talk with an expert. Schedule a resume review with our office by calling 651.638.6460 or visiting CC322. Phone appointments are also available.
Typically, we'll request that you send your rough draft resume to our career specialist before your appointment, but you can meet with someone even if you haven't written one yet.