Resumes and References

Your resume is essentially a marketing piece. Its purpose is to quickly communicate your qualifications to a potential employer, so it should be organized, clear, concise, and relevant. You may have different versions of your resume depending on what you are seeking.

If you need help creating or reviewing a resume, with your resume, please request an appointment using our online appointment form.

Sample Resumes

There are various ways to create resumes based on your preference and industry. The examples below are provided as guidelines and represent industry-specific content employers seek on resumes. If this is your first time creating a resume, please see our beginner resume sample. Always consider working with Career Services to create the best resume for you. 

References

A reference page allows you to provide a list of contacts who can validate the information on your resume and speak to your quality of work. References should be individuals who are familiar with your applicable skills and will provide you a positive recommendation. Be sure to ask permission before you provide contact information to anyone and supply your reference with a copy of your resume. 

References may include: 

  • Former and current supervisors/managers
  • Co-workers
  • Professors/Academic Advisers
  • Student Organization Advisers
  • Coaches
  • Mentors
  • Contacts from professional organizations
  • Contacts from volunteer/community activities
  • Customers/Clients

Sample Reference Page

  • Contact Information

    Human Sciences Career Services
    131 MacKay Hall
    2302 Osborn Drive
    Ames, IA 50011-1078
    515-294-0626
    hscareers@iastate.edu