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This is the most common resume format for college students. A chronological (or reverse chronological) resume organizes information by jobs/experiences in reverse chronological order—with the most recent experiences listed first. This format works well when:

Common Resume Sections

Gather information for the following sections on your resume:


When possible the objective should be specific to the industry or position. However, when utilizing a general resume, an objective is not needed.


This section should include degree, major, date of graduation, GPA, and study abroad programs if applicable.


List most recent jobs/experiences first. Use strong action verbs and quantify results when possible.


This section typically includes computer, language, and science/laboratory skills when applicable.


It is important to list quality over quantity in this section. Only include experiences where you've developed skills relevant to the position.

Relevant Courses

You should include courses related to your career goals, objective, and/or skill set in this section.


Include any and all Honors that you have received.


In this section record volunteer work and community services you have done

Use Action Verbs

When creating statements for your resume it is recommended that you use action-packed verbs to begin each description. The link below will give you a wide variety of verbs to consider. One way to help you create these statements is to review what you did, then put it into a strong statement to sell your skills and abilities.

Consider the impact you receive from the second statement versus the first:

Example 1:

Helped the company consolidate debt from customers

Example 2 (Improved):

Customized an online system identifying customer debt and consolidating multiple records

Sample List of Action Verbs to begin statements regarding your experiences.



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