Get started on your resume by following our checklist. In every section, put information in reverse chronology (most recent first)
- Phone number
- Email address
- LinkedIn URL
Tip: In addition to a LinkedIn URL, you can put a link to your GitHub, ResearchGate, portfolio, or other content if it relates to your career and the job to which you’re applying.
Objective Statement or Summary:
An objective is a clear and concise statement of the resume’s goal—e.g., “Obtain UX research internship for spring or summer.” You may instead use a Summary section, which is a three-to-four phrase statement that provides a professional snapshot of your unique skillset and background. You can also write an excellent resume that doesn’t neither an objective nor summary statement.
- Full school name(s)
- City and state (or country) where school is located
- Month and year of graduation date (expected or actual)
- Degree earned
- Overall GPA
- Employer’s full name
- City and state (or country) employer is located
- Position title
- Time period job was held in Month, Year – Month, Year format (or “- present” if still in progress)
- 2-5 bullet points describing your duties
- Divide experience into several different categories if needed (relevant experience, project experience etc)
Research or Projects:
Research and projects can be highlighted in their own section. Treat them like the entries in an Experience section. Instead of an employer name, include the name of the lab or institution in which you completed the research or course you completed the project. Include position title for research or that you were a student participant in a class. Include a concise name of the research or project and add bullets to describe what you did.
List objective or technical skills, such as technology, research, statistics, methodologies, foreign languages, etc. Do not include soft skills such as leadership creativity, or organization—these instead should be demonstrated through your bullet points.
Leadership entries would have the same format as those in the Experience section. Include organization, school name, position title/s and bullets to describe what you did for the organization. Add numbers to give a sense of scale and share how you contributed to the organization.
- Activities/Service/ Outreach
- Professional Affiliations
- Selected Publications/Conference Presentations
- Honors and Awards