CP&R is here to help you design a resume and cover letter that best represents your background and qualifications. Stop by during drop-in hours Monday through Friday, 10:00am–5:00pm, or schedule an appointment with a career counselor for individual support.

Types of Resumes

"Burrito" Resume

A term used by CP&R, the burrito resume encompasses all of your significant work, volunteer, and research experiences.  Length is no issue; this is a private document to assist you in tailoring resumes for specific positions. Your burrito resume is not meant to be shared.

Chronological Resume

Most commonly used by - recommended for - college students, a chronological resume lists your experiences in reverse chronological order, beginning with the most recent position. Visit CP&R to learn how to highlight your most relevant work experience even if it's not the most current.

Curriculum Vitae (or "CV")

Typically used in academia, education, or internationally, a CV is a complete documentation of your experiences, publications, presentations, and awards. There is no page limit, but formatting and consistency remains crucial.

Functional Resume

Intended for career changers or professionals with more than 20 years experience, the functional resume summarizes skills and combines professional experience, and lists employment history separately.

Getting Started

  1. Develop a list of all the experiences you’ve had, beginning with your first year of high school. Write down titles of positions, names of organizations, and dates for each. Include activities you’ve participated in, volunteer work you’ve completed, special skills or knowledge you possess, awards and honors you’ve received. (This list may also help you develop your story bank later.)  
  2. Review the position description: Carefully read the position description to identify key skills or qualifications. Using this as your guide, highlight experiences from your brainstorm that best relate to the position.
  3. Develop accomplishment statements: Describe in detail your responsibilities in each experience you’ve identified to begin drafting your accomplishment statement. Think about skills you learned or strengthened. Focus on how well you did, not just what you did. (To create your “burrito resume”, do this for all of your experiences.) Think of a time when you:
  • Increased profits or reduced costs
  • Improved quality or teamwork
  • Foresaw a need, problem, or opportunity
  • Found an easier solution or sped things up
  • Received an award
  • Developed a new procedure
  • Created something from scratch

For sample resumes, view CP&R's Career Services Guide.

Format Your Information

There is no universal standard for resumes, but there are key areas of information that employers expect to see:

  1. Heading/Contact Information
  2. Education
  3. Experience
  4. Awards and Honors
  5. Skills and Interests

Note: Science resumes have a very specific format to follow. As you complete your formatting, consider your presentation.Review the tips on resumes provided in the Career Services Guide or look for inspiration in the Scripps College Resume Book.

Review your Resume with CP&R

CP&R is here to help you in every step of the way.  Use our drop-in hours, M-F 10:00 – 4:00p.m. or schedule an appointment for supporting in creating or updating your resume, regardless of where you are in the process.

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Thank You Cards and Follow Up

Besides illustrating GOOD ETIQUETTE, a strong thank you note can show you paid attention to what was said and understood the comments and feedback offered. Always take the time to express gratitude for the time offered to you. Read a sample in the Career Services Guide.

Address your follow-up letter to your primary contact. Whenever possible and appropriate, mention the names of people you met. It may also be appropriate to send individual letters, depending on the situation.  Mail them within 24 hours. Consider sending an e-mail too. Take advantage of the immediacy of email communication and send a brief message immediately following your meeting or interview.

Use effective words and phrases in your letter such as:

Recognize: “I recognize the importance of…”
Enthusiasm: Showing excitement can be very effective, especially if your letter arrives while other applicants are nervously sweating their way through the interview.
Impressed: Describe what impressed about the people/product/service/facility/market/position, and illustrate this point with an example.
Challenge: Let them know you will be challenged to do your best work in this environment.
Confidence: There is a job to be done and a challenge to be met. Let the interviewer know you are confident of doing both well.
Interest: If you want the job/next interview, say so.

Adapted from Knock ‘Em Dead: The Ultimate Job Seeker’s Handbook by Martin Yate