Resume in the Field of Pharmacy
What is a Resume or CV?
A resume or curriculum vita (CV) is a document that lists your experience and skills in a clear, concise
format. When developing this important professional document, keep in mind that the optimal resume
fits on one page, while some individuals may have enough experience and additional relevant
information to fill two pages. CV’s are usually 2-3 pages long for recent graduates, and can be
lengthier for seasoned professionals.
Do not use a Microsoft Word Template to create your resume or CV – Recruiters can spot
these templates, and they may perceive your resume as less creative and original than other
Never use less than an 11 point font.
Avoid “fontomania!” Choose fonts that are easy to read like Times/Times Roman, Arial, or
To describe experiences that you have completed (i.e. your internship last semester, your
rotations) use past tense. For positions that you are still completing, use present tense to
describe the projects you are working on and the skills you are developing.
Never list a heading (like “Professional Development,” “Computer Skills,” or “Conference
Attended”) and type N/A beside it – just leave it off completely.
It is not necessary to include “RESUME” or “CURRICULUM VITA” at the top of your
Consistency is critical. For example, if you want to end your descriptive statements under the
jobs you have held with a period you can, or you can choose not to use end punctuation.
Either way, make sure you use the same format for every statement.
Beware of bold, italics, or underline overload – these highlighting features should guide the
reader to important topic headings and pieces of information, not distract the reader from all of
the skills and knowledge you have to offer.
Always send a cover letter with your document (refer to Career Services’ Resume Writing &
Job Search Correspondence publication for assistance with cover letter writing).
Update your resume/CV at least once every semester.
Always be honest!
Information to Include in Your Resume
Most resumes will incorporate the following basic headings:
Objective and/or Summary
Organizations, Skills, or Activities
A focused resume may have headings identifying key skill areas to target a specific field. For
You may also choose to include other descriptive headings in your resume:
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