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 with your resume, please contact us at or 515-294-0626 to schedule an appointment.

Getting started

  • Develop a comprehensive list of your skills, knowledge, abilities, experience, accomplishments, honors, and awards.
  • Think about what you’ve learned in projects and classes, through volunteer work or student organizations, or from work experience.
  • Think about what sets you apart from others. Do you speak a foreign language? Do you have leadership experience? Do you have a minor?
  • Look at the resume samples and organize your skills into categories.
  • Elaborate on work experience, listing specific responsibilities and quantifying accomplishments when possible. Use strong action words to describe demonstrated responsibilities.


  • Contact information
  • Official name of degree and graduation date
  • Comprehensive, concise statements of your qualifications
  • Employment experience and relevant accomplishments
  • Honors, activities, awards

Don’t include

  • Photos of yourself or irrelevant personal information
  • Personal pronouns (I, me, you, my, mine, etc.)
  • Spelling, punctuation, capitalization, or grammar errors
  • A weak or generic objective (“to obtain an internship” )
  • Full sentences or paragraphs
  • High school activities (if you are a junior or senior – unless they are significant accomplishments)
  • “References upon request”  (just send them)

Sample Resumes

Apparel, Merchandising, and Design example (PDF)

Athletic Training example (PDF)

Child, Adult, and Family Services example (PDF)

Culinary Science example (PDF)

Dietetics example (PDF)

Dietetic After Internship Resume One Page (PDF)

Dietetic After Internship Resume Two Page (PDF)

Early Childhood Education example (PDF)

Elementary Education example (PDF)

Event Management example (PDF)

Financial Counseling and Planning (PDF)

Food Science and Human Nutrition example (PDF)

Hospitality Management example (PDF)

Kinesiology example (PDF)


You need at least three professional references that know you well and are familiar with your work and/or how you work. This could be professors, past employers, or leaders of volunteer organizations.

Ask the person to be a reference for you before you provide their contact information to anyone, and let them know what positions you apply for so they are prepared when they receive a phone call.

Sample Reference Page