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Bonner Resume Review

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The resume review project is designed to continuously provide support for Bonners, particularly rising seniors and Bonner alums as they begin to think about life after college or what their next career move will be. The resume review project will be an on-line interactive tool where current students and alums can upload their resumes, cover letters, and personal statements to be reviewed and critiqued by someone from the network, we will be using the social media tool LinkedIn to help orchestrate this project. Career Network Consultants are Bonner staff, Bonner alums and other friends of the network who are trained specialists in the field of resume reviewing.  


One this page you will find a number of resources and tools that have been crafted to help you highlight your particular skills and abilities for the benefit of a perspective employer. Here you will find helpful ideas on formatting your resume, ways to articulate your experiences, and additional things to consider when constructing your document. Your engagement in service and community work should be key highlights of your professional experience!  Also attached to this packet is a great checklist of questions that you should keep in mind when reviewing your résumé after you’ve designed it. So let's get started!


First, when designing your resume it important to note that there are various types of resume formats to consider. Below we will note some of the frequently used types. 


Types of Resumes

Click on the different styles of resumes to view samples

Chronological Resume

A chronological resume lists experiences from the most recent to the least. It is simple, quick to scan, and employers seem to like it for this reason.

Curriculum Vitae Resume 

A curriculum vitae resume is a detailed, lengthy and structured listing of education, publications, projects, awards and work history. This type is most used by academics and scientists.  

Functional Resume            

A functional resume is a resume arranged around certain skills, not on any chronological order. This style may be more difficult to keep organized and clear. However, this style is useful if you work to make it very accessible.  Functional resumes are also good if you’ve had frequent changes of jobs, gaps in time, consulting or other project-based experiences.

Electronic Resume    

An electronic resume is a resume that is either chronological or functional that is easily scanned and enter into a resume database that employers can easily search.  


We've included additional examples of the varying types of resumes below.


Chronological Resume


Functional Resume



Resume Writing Introduction


To begin developing a resume, it is important to have some focus in relation to why you are developing a resume, including a potential job you are applying to or what type of organization you want to work for.


To help establish this focus, answer the following questions:


  • What kind of job, internship, or position am I applying for?


  • What kind of skills does this position require? 


  • What special skills do I have that will help me get the position?


  • What are my strengths? Weaknesses?


  • What are my greatest accomplishments in my past work and volunteer experience?



Additional Formatting Considerations:


  • LengthIn general, if you are an undergraduate student or recent graduate with modest experience, limit your resume to one page. Make it visually attractive and easy to read.


  • PaperUse plain paper (white, light cream, or very pale gray). Do not use paper with visible flecks in it.


  • HeaderUtilize the same header on all documents (resume, list of references, and cover letter). Include your name and your complete contact information. Be certain your e-mail address sounds professional (e.g., not “HotLips@whatever”). Do not use your work e-mail address.


  • FontUse a standard font (e.g., Times New Roman, Arial, Garamond). Text size should be 10-12 points. Your name and section headings can be a bit larger. Fully utilize design tools, including bolding, • bullets, italics and ALL CAPITALS.


  • OrderIn English, we read from top to bottom and from left to right. Readers lose interest as they read down and across the page. Thus, within each resume section, prioritize information in order of importance, with the most important text up high and to the left where it is most likely to be read.


Format-  Formulate a series of bulleted statements rather than paragraphs:


  • Maintain uniformity, such as either using periods or not using them after all bulleted statements. 
  • Leave plenty of white space. 
  • Use capital letters in text only when necessary; uppercase letters distract the eye.
  • Avoid use of the first person (e.g., “I,” “me,” “my,” “mine”). For example, “Organized holiday party” instead of “I organized the holiday party.” 


  • Abbreviations- Minimize use of abbreviations. However, “GPA,” “B.S.,” “BA,” and abbreviations of other well- known degrees are okay.


  • Accuracy- Check spelling, grammar, information, software brand names, etc. very carefully! Make sure all information is accurate and truthful. Keep past and present tenses in their rightful places. Finally, proofread your resume out loud to pick up any hidden errors



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