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What is a résumé?

A résumé is a document summarizing a person’s professional and educational background and skills.

A résumé is often required by employers as part of a job application. It gives the person reviewing the application an overview of the applicant’s background and skills. The résumé is intended to demonstrate the applicant’s suitability, and pique employer’s interest so that they extend an offer for an interview.

There are many specific formats, but a typical résumé includes the applicants’:

  • Name
  • Contact information
  • Professional history listed reverse chronologically with organization, job title, role description, specific accomplishments, location, and dates employed
  • Educational history listed reverse chronologically with degrees, special honors, location, and dates attended
  • Additional relevant information

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