Resume Basics

*** The information below is intended for all non-business UNT majors. Business majors must follow the Business: Approved Resume Format and supporting information. ***

Your resume is a critical tool to help you reach YOUR career goals! A succinct and carefully crafted resume can improve your chances of landing the interview. Your resume should be tailored to the specific job requirements referenced in the posting — emphasizing your relevant experience and skills in the areas that are critical to that position. Specific key words referenced in the posting or description should be incorporated in your resume. The goal is to show that you are a candidate who matches what the employer is looking for and your document aligns with electronic screening methods. Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) are software programs that manage the hiring processes for companies. The ATS matches resumes with open positions by searching for keywords from the job description.

Steps to Resume Building

  1. Gather details about your experiences: jobs, internships, part-time and summer work, school involvement, volunteering, course projects and research, and other leadership activities. Think about specific accomplishments achieved.  Consider skills learned that can apply to your future position – carefully read the job description and look for matches.
  2. Choose a resume format.

Resume Formats

There are several resume formats. Your career interest, major, and experiences will determine the best one. See your Career Coach for additional help.

  • Chronological: Highlights responsibilities that you had while at a specific job, internship or class project.
    • Students who choose this format should have had at least 2 experiences with responsibilities that pertain to their area of career interest, or one job with extensive career-related experience
    • Preferred format
    • Chronological Resume Template
  • Functional: Highlights your skills and abilities that you have acquired through various experiences. This format is for students with little to no experience that pertains to their area of interest.
  • Creative: Allows you to showcase your creativity, skills, and brand.  
    • Has a more unique layout and format – is more memorable.
    • Can incorporate infographics
    • May incorporate color and graphics
  • Fields where a creative resume makes sense: (Consider the company and application process first.)
    • Advertising/sales
    • Marketing/communications
    • Graphic design/web design
    • Visual arts
    • Acting/theater
    • Fashion
    • Startups/innovative new companies

Contact the Career Coach for your College/School for a specialized recommendation based upon your unique situation and major.

Electronic Resume Writing Tool

Resume Builder is a feature of Big Interview that can help you with writing an effective resume. Watch this video, Resume Builder – Resume Writing Tool, to learn more about this helpful resource.

Resume Resources and Samples

Videos to Help with Writing Your Resume or CV