Resume Examples

This detailed resume example gives in-depth tips on how to write bullet points, what sections to include on a resume, and what to avoid:

We created a simple template that is recommended for all CNS students as well as several example resumes to help you get started: 

Below you will find industry specific resume examples:

 Actuarial  Biotechnology/Laboratory Sciences Business 
 Community/Social Sciences  Consulting Creative/Design
 Education  First Year Healthcare
 Research Technical   

Formatting Recommendations

Depending on what you are trying to convey to the employer, there are a few ways to format a resume.  We recommend using a reverse chronological format; however, we provide descriptions of the other two formats for you to review and learn about.


  • Most popular style; listing all experience from most to least recent
  • Complements a consistent work history
  • Best option when employment, education, skills and activities align closely with particular job description
  • All categories are formatted in the reverse chronological order
  • Headings are based on skills categories, not in any chronological order
  • Showcases diverse yet complimentary skill sets acquired over different periods of time
  • Best option when changing careers; focus remains on the skills themselves, not where you acquired them
  • Work history is not forgotten, but compiled at the bottom of the resume
  • Combines a chronological and functional resume to create an original format
  • Highlights a history of skill sets over a scattered time period
  • Works best when you have multiple experiences under each skill category
  • Gives employers a snapshot of skill areas and work history


Important Details

Font and Formatting:  Appropriate fonts include:  Times New Roman, Calibri, Palatino or Arial.  Use bold font to highlight your name and sections of your resume that are important.  Bullets should be used for an organized appearance.  Font size should be between 11 and 12. Margins should be no smaller than ½ inch.

Length:  Try to be as concise as possible and keep your resume to one page.  Keep a master resume with all information in order to pick and choose what experiences best match the position in which you’re applying.

Paper:  Most employers expect resumes to be emailed to them.  If you need to have a hard copy, invest in the good quality paper that is subtle in color (white, ivory, light gray).  Never fold resume paper, and be consistent in using the same paper for cover letters and references too.

Emailing:  Make sure to save your resume (cover letter and references, too) as a PDF file so it maintains consistent formatting.  Save it under a unique name instead of just a generic title, for example “conniescience_resume.”

Keep it Current:  Save each of your resumes under specific names or job titles so you can easily access them.  Update your resume as you gain experience while it is fresh in your mind. 

Proofread:  There is never anything worse than typos on your resume.  Be sure to have several others proofread it to avoid this common mistake.  The Career Design Center can help! You can always get a walk-in resume review from a Career Peer Mentor or make an appointment with a Career Coach. 

Key Words & Content:  Use keywords that someone might use to search you and your career interests.  This helps you tailor your resume to prospective employers.  Utilize wording and language from the job posting. Be concise, specific and give the reader examples of your skill set. Quantify where you can, for example, “Developed curriculum assignments for 3 courses; approved and utilized by the department chair.”

Additional Sections for Students:  Courses, Honors / Awards, Languages, Student Organizations, Projects, Publications, Skills, Test Scores, Volunteer Experience / Community Involvement.

Experience:  Expand on any experiences you have had and use bullets to organize these.    

Education:  Include school name, major/minor, expected graduation date and GPA. 

1st Year Students:  Rule of thumb for including high school experience is to remove it after your first semester here at The University of Texas at Austin.  Employers want to see the experience you’ve had in college.  There are exceptions to every rule!  Speak with a Career Coach at Career Services if you have questions. 

GPA:  If there is a minimum GPA requirement for the position, be sure to include your UT GPA after your first semester here at UT.  If there is no requirement, we recommend including GPA if it is above 3.0.