Resumés: Several Tips

"The portfolio resumé is a chronology of your most significant learning experiences. Your audience should be able to read your resumé and easily understand your employment, education, and volunteer history."

(source: Instructor's manual, Vermont State College)

What to include:

Contact Information
  • Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Home/Mobile Telephone
  • Business Telephone (if applicable)
  • Fax Number (if applicable)
  • E-mail Address
Educational History
  • Colleges/Universities/Trade Schools attended and years of attendance
  • Name of High School attended with years attended and type of diploma earned
Tips:
  1. Always present information in chronological order beginning with the most recent.
  2. Include any honors received while in school.
Employment History
  • Names of employers including years of employment
  • Job title
  • Description of roles and responsibilities
Tips:
  1. Always present information in chronological order beginning with the most recent.
  2. Include any awards or commendations received.
  3. If you were promoted during your employment with a company include this information.
Community Service or Volunteer History
  • List organizations and/or volunteer positions held including years of service
  • List roles and responsibilities as well as achievements
Tips:
  1. Always present information in chronological order beginning with the most recent.
  2. Include any awards or commendations received.
Personal Interests
  • List hobbies and activities relevant to your career or academic goals
  • List hobbies and activities not relevant to your career or academic goals (optional)
Professional Development
  • Include conferences and/or workshops attended
Tips:
  1. Always present information in chronological order beginning with the most recent.
  2. Indicate if you presented anything at the event, or if you assisted in its planning.
Professional Affiliations
  • List organizations to which you belong
Tips:
  1. If a past membership is relevant to your resume's purpose include it in the list with beginning and end dates.
Publications
  • This section applies only if your work has been published
  • Include title of work, publisher and date




Creating a portfolio helped me to better understand myself, my frame of reference as well as further my career.

  • – Dorothy
  •    Child and Youth Care
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I have used parts of my portfolio to demonstrate competencies for job interviews and to explain the benefits of portfolio development to members of my team and organization.

  • – Peter
  •    Adult Education (ADED)
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