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The key instrument used in the job search process is still the resume. After creating your resume as a Word document, be sure and upload on CareerLink and one of our Career Development Center professionals will critique it for you.

First Timers? Use this Blank Sample Resume (PDF format or Word format) to get you started. Examples of different types of resumes are further down the page.

Do's and Don'ts

Do's
  • Check and double check to ensure there are no typographical errors.
  • Use numbers to tell employers how many people you supervised, by what percentage you increased sales, how many products you represented, etc. Remember the Number Rule: Numbers one through nine must be spelled out; numbers 10 and larger use numerals.
  • List your jobs in reverse chronological order – current job first.
  • Customize your information to each job description.
  • Make sure job titles and dates of employment are correct and included for each job description.
  • Two-letter abbreviations for states are correct: KY, IN, etc.
  • Be certain telephone numbers are correct. (People tend to change numbers frequently.)
  • Use action-verb phrases, not sentences.
  • If your résumé has a second page, put your name and page 2 at the top of the second page.
  • Always seek the assistance of your Career Development Center professionals.
Don'ts
  • Don’t use a Resume Wizard. Rather, create your resume as a Word document which is the most favored style when uploading to employer’s online sites.
  • Don’t go beyond one page unless you have several years of relevant experience. The resume is NEVER more than two pages.
  • Don't state past salary or wages, reason for leaving past employment or any personal information such as height, weight, marital status, etc.
  • Do not use personal pronouns (I, me, my).
  • Do not use headers and footers when creating your resume. These are too difficult to adjust and cause formatting problems.

Resume Resources

Using action verbs make your resume come alive. Sentences are not used on a resume; therefore, information should begin with a bullet point and an action verb. Use present tense verbs for current positions and past tense verbs for prior jobs.

Employers seek talented candidates who are creative thinkers. Keep in mind that a "fill-in-the-blank" resume undercuts the very image you are attempting to create. Suggestion: don't use a resume Wizard to create your resume. Instead, use the tips below to begin your new resume or to polish your existing resume.

Sample Resumes

If you need an accessible format, please contact the Career Development Center at (812) 941-2275.

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February 17th, 2016

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