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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 be used in applying for graduate or professional school, scholarships, and other purposes.


Our advice: Advice from others:

Integrity and honesty in your job search

Vitae (curriculum vitae) is a more extensive document typically used by those with graduate education pursuing positions in academia or research.

Length of your resume or vitae

Page layout | templates | formats | samples

Content | sections including the elusive, challenging objective.

Should I include my GPA? + other FAQs

Do I need an objective on my resume?

Should I do a video resume?

What about CREATIVE, non-traditional resumes?

Federal job search has its own resume guidelines.

Listing website on resume | online portfolio | online presence

Most frequent resume mistakes

Hard copy | emailing | submitting online

Scannable resumes: a brief history lesson.

Resume reviews | advising

Should I PAY someone to write my resume?

Biggest mistakes on resumes
From a Google executive.

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

Should I do a video resume? Most say no.

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 (or science) | master of arts (or science)

Purdue Online Writing Lab > apostrophe

English grammar > apostrophe