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Resume and CV guide

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Resume fundamentals:
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 one tool in an internship or job search.
Resume or CV used in applying for graduate or professional school, scholarships, and other purposes.


Resume topics: Names, abbreviations of VT degrees:

Guiding principle

   Integrity and honesty in your job search


   Do I need an objective?

   Should I include my GPA? + other FAQs

   Your online presence | links in your resume

   Content | sections

Types and formats


   Page layout | templates | formats | samples

   Federal resumes

   Curriculum vitae | CV

   Creative, non-traditional resumes

   Scannable resumes: a thing of the past

   Video resumes: no!

Submitting your resume

   Hard copy | email | online | in person

   Cover letters: your resume's best friend

Advising and reviews

   Common resume mistakes

   Resume reviews | advising

   Should I pay someone to write my resume?

Bachelor of arts or bachelor of science?

   See VT undergraduate degrees & majors
   [University Registrar]

Master of arts or master of science?

   See VT graduate programs & degrees
   [Graduate Catalog]

How to abbreviate your degree

   Abbreviations for academic degrees
   [University Relations]

Capitalization and possessive in degrees

   Capitalization and possessive in degrees
   [University Relations]
   bachelor's degree | master's degree
   bachelor of arts | bachelor of science
   master of arts | master of science
   doctoral degree or doctorate
   NOT correct: 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!