Make Your Fact Sheet
Resumes are an early step in any hiring process. Begin by creating a master resume to track your accomplishments. When applying for a position with a specific employer, tailor the resume to your relevant qualifications.
Use this page to learn how to build a resume that succeeds in Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) and human reviews.
Review Example Resumes
To guide your resume writing process, we recommend that you review multiple examples to get familiar with their design, mechanics, and content.
Here are some example resumes to explore based on their key features:
- Pat Gaucho - showcases how to tailor your resume to a job description with specific skills/knowledge
- Amy Lee - utilizes a summary of skills section while highlighting athletic and leadership experiences
- Maria S. Chavez - includes relevant education and lab experience
- Greta Gaucho - communicates industry specific language and transferable academic experience
- Kenisha Simmons - includes industry specific language and role progression/promotion
Though resume templates can be an appealing way to produce a resume, we typically recommend that students avoid templates because they can be difficult to manipulate and may not comply with ATS.
If you are in need of a template, our first recommendation is to go to VMock and use the Smart Editor to select one of our templates that are optimized for ATS. This ensures that your resume is optimized for ATS and aligned with the resume strategies that we advise.
Should you need more templates, Jobscan offers a few ATS-friend options at no cost. Be sure to look for Recent Resume Grad templates.
While many templates are ATS-friendly, we encourage you to choose basic and traditional formats rather than colorful and multi-columned formats. Documents that include visual elements and complex formatting are highly discouraged, because they get rejected by ATS almost universally.