Detailed resumé Handout

This handout covers every aspect of building a resumé in great detail. Use this document for guidance on how to organize and write your resumé, and for many examples.

Skills, Headings and Action Words

This document lists many words to use in resumés and cover letters.

Brief Resumé Handout

This handout outlines the sections of a well-organized resumé in brief detail.

CPA Resumé and Cover Letter Tips

This document from the CPA covers tips for creating resumés and cover letters.

Resumé presentation

It’s important to present your information in a comprehensive and attractive document to demonstrate the contributions you will make to a future employer.

Below are the different types of resumés available along with samples. The type you used should be based on your skills, experience and the position you are applying for:


A chronological resumé lists work experience from the most to the least recent work experience and provides details about the work positions.

This type of resumé should be used if:

  • You have experience in the field you are seeking employment in
  • Your work history is stable with limited time gaps
  • You have a long history with no large gaps between jobs and when you’re not drastically changing your career direction
  • You have strong editing skills
  • Samples


A functional resumé lists your abilities in “skill groups” that focus on transferable skills and abilities. This allow you to highlight the skills you acquired through your education and volunteer experience. This style is suitable for recent grads or mid-career changes.

This type of resumé should be used if:

  • You have limited work experience in the industry you are pursuing
  • You want to emphasize your transferable skills
  • You are making a career change to a new industry or occupation, or are a recent graduate
  • Samples

Once you have determined what you can offer an employer, researched the job market and decided on a presentation method, you are ready to build the content of your resumé.

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