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Resume Basics: Home

So you need a resume. Maybe you want to look for your first internship, or a job or scholarship has asked you to provide one. Start here!

Content and Formatting

Before you start to format anything, make a list showing:

  • Every position of responsibility (job) you have ever had
  • What you learned from each one in 5 words or less
  • What you did well to fulfill the responsibility

Key elements of a basic resume:

  • Your contact information
  • Objective *or* key skills
  • Experience
  • Education
  • References with contact information


  • You are writing for a very specific audience.
  • Be succinct.
  • Proofread, proofread, then have someone else proofread. There can be no errors on the page.
  • Everything on one page!
  • Save as a PDF.

Writing Tips

Formatting and writing tips:

  • Use action words and consistent tense.
  • Do not exaggerate; plain, clear language about your skills and experience is more trustworthy.
  • Use consistent font, headings, and text sizes. Use bold or italics for emphasis but don’t overdo it.
  • Strive for readability, not length.
  • Use technical language appropriate to the field you’re interested in.
  • Be clear about your objective if you have one, but keep it short.

Further Resources


  • Start a LinkedIn profile now, and connect with your Kent friends and classmates as well as other contacts.
  • Use a polished picture.
  • Follow hashtags related to your field(s) of interest and skills.
  • Don’t forget to update when you have new job or education-related information.