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Resume Tips & Samples

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. Also think about what will set you apart from others. For example, do you speak a foreign language, have leadership experience, or are you pursuing a minor?

Once you’ve done this, take a look at the samples below and organize your skills into categories. You may want to elaborate on work experience, listing specific responsibilities and quantifying accomplishments when possible. What were the challenges faced? What were the results? How did the team/project benefit from your performance? Did you receive any awards?

Do include:

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

Don’t include:

  • Photos or irrelevant personal information
  • Personal pronouns (I, me, you, my, mine, etc.)
  • Spelling, punctuation, capitalization or grammar errors
  • Weak or generic objective statements (“to obtain an internship”)
  • Complete sentences or paragraphs
  • High school activities

Skills from Study Abroad Experiences

International experiences provide valuable communication and problem-solving skills in addition to what students learn about design. Tips for communicating the value of international experiences to employers can be found in these videos from the Study Abroad Center.


Samples below are to show content only. Since you are graduating with a degree in a design discipline, your resume should be designed. Pay attention to what your font, paper, image and color choices communicate.

Sample resumes

Examples of action verbs