Your résumé is a work in progress you will update as you gain relevant skills and experiences. In addition to applying for a position, a résumé will also help you understand what skills you have and identify those you need to develop.

Structure of a Resume


  • Include the institutions you’ve attended and graduation dates (we don’t recommend including your high school after you are a sophomore in college)
  • State your major and minor (or anticipated major/minor if not yet declared)
  • List the honors/awards you have received since entering and while at Wheaton
  • Include languages and technology skills and relevant courses, if applicable


  • Include both paid and unpaid experiences
  • The most relevant or most recent experiences go at the top
  • Highlight position, accomplishments and projects
  • Generally, include two to four bullets for each description.  Begin each phrase with an action verb and when possible follow the action verb with a result or an outcome. (action verb + subject + result or purpose)

Activities and Leadership

  • Emphasize groups with which you have had on-going involvement
  • Highlight leadership roles including sports teams, clubs and/or volunteer experiences
  • Choose related or most recent experiences
  • Choose high school experiences only if they are related to the experience for which you are applying

Make sure your résumé is error free and grammatically correct. Proofread, proofread, proofread.

If you would like assistance in creating or revising a résumé, meet with a CPA – Career Peer Advisor before scheduling an appointment with a Career Services Advisor.

Sample Resumes

First-Year Example
Sophomore/Junior Example
Senior Example

Resume Action Verbs

Use this printable list of resume action verbs to better describe your accomplishments.

A Curriculum Vitae is used:

  • in the United States when applying to academic, educational, scientific or research positions
  • outside of the United States instead of a resume for applying to a job.

It is usually 2-3 pages and includes:

  • personal information such as date and place of birth and nationality
  • publications, presentations, grants and fellowship, professional licenses

NOTE: The CV should be in the language of the targeted country.