- Journalism majors can include their photo on their resume
- Education can be at the top or the bottom of the document
- Include a link to your professional portfolio or website and LinkedIn page on your resume
- Make a creative resume only if you are applying for a creative role (i.e. Advertising, Visual Communications)
- A creative resume can be colorful and show off your design skills but should always remain legible and easy to read (remember: your resume should be clear and easy to read when printed as well as online)
- Your name should be at the top, centered (16-18 font). All other text should be between 10-12 pt font.
- List your email address and cell phone number as your contact information
- Education should be present on your resume (at the top or bottom, depending on your industry) and should include your degree, i.e. Bachelor's of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications, Major: Public Relations, Minor: xyz
- Be sure to include your graduation date (month,year), i.e. May 2022. This lets employers know when you are available for full-time work.
- You do not need to list high school under education or another university where you transferred from. Only list institutions where you received a degree.
- List your experience! Experience can include internships, student organizations, volunteer experience and class projects.
- Use bullet points! Start your bullet with an action verb and give description of what you accomplished in your resume
- Every task does not need to be a bullet point. Use 3-5 bullets at the most
- Quantify! Talk about the number of people you worked with, the amount of hours you worked with a client.
- Emphasize results. How much did social media impressions increase? How many more viewers did you receive?
- Your resume should be one page (with some exceptions).
- Include a skills section: i.e. InDesign, PhotoShop, WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat. You should only include it in your skill section if you are already proficient in that area.
- References should be a separate document
It can be confusing to know what a "standard" resume should look like. In fact, there are vast differences in industry expectations across CIC majors. For that reason, we have collected resources below to help you get started, including example resumes from alumni and current students in each of our majors.
See sample Career Center resume for reference (best for freshmen, sophomores).
Please contact your Career Services Manager for sample resumes in the following areas:
- Public Relations
- Information Science
- Broadcast Journalism
- Mass Communications
- Visual Communications/Creative Resume