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Resumes and vitae guide

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The resume is:
A brief, concise document that summarizes your background.
Is tailored to the purpose for which it is being used.
Can open the door to an interview, but is just the start in an internship or job search.
Also used in applying for graduate or professional school, scholarships, and other purposes.


Our advice: Advice from others:

Integrity and honesty in your job search


Page layout | templates | formats | samples

Content | sections

Should I include my GPA? + other FAQs

Do I need an objective?

Federal job search has resume guidelines.

Online presence | links

Most frequent resume mistakes

Hard copy | emailing | submitting online

What about CREATIVE, non-traditional resumes?

Scannable resumes: a brief history lesson.

Resume reviews | advising

Should I do a video resume?

Should I PAY someone to write my resume?

Vitae (curriculum vitae) more extensive document typically used by those with graduate degrees and pursuing jobs in academia or research.

Biggest mistakes on resumes
From a Google executive.

Words to strike from your resume.
Forbes. No boring objectives, and more.

Quick reference: degrees | abbrev | caps | apostrophes

What IS my VT degree? B.S./B.A., M.A...?

VT undergraduate degrees & majors
[University Registrar]

VT graduate programs & degrees
[Graduate Catalog]

Degrees, abbreviations
[University Relations]

Possessive and capitalization
[University Relations]
Correct: bachelor's degree | master's degree | bachelor of arts | bachelor of science | master of arts | master of science | doctoral degree or doctorate (NOT doctorate degree!)

Purdue Online Writing Lab > apostrophe

English grammar > apostrophe

This represents averages of many employer responses.
Each employer will more strongly value the attributes that most relate to the job!