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MS Résumé Templates

How to start?

Read the CRC Résumé Writing Guide and all the instructions below before you begin. The CRC highly recommends students follow the guidelines for applying online with electronic résumés.

Select one of the following templates (Microsoft Word is required):

Description: Traditional résumé format and appropriate for most students with at least one academic degree and less than three years of full-time experience.

Description: More than two academic degrees and more than three years of full-time work experience.

The following samples show a variety of acceptable formats, which can be used by any of our programs:

Save your résumé to a USB or hard drive using your Last Name_First Name as the file name. Ex: Smith_John

Click on shaded areas in templates and appropriately enter your demographic, academic and employment information.

Why use the template?

  • Recruiters spend only seconds deciding whether to place a résumé in the trash pile or interview pile. To increase your chances of securing an interview, you want to create a résumé that effectively markets your qualifications in an error-free and easy-to-read format.
  • By reducing the time and energy spent on formatting your résumé, the CRC résumé template helps you focus your attention on developing the résumé content that markets your unique experience and skills.
  • Many other top management programs require students use a résumé template and recruiters are accustomed to screening candidates’ skills and experience via a résumé template.
  • Customized for UB School of Management students, the CRC résumé template guides students in writing a résumé but also offers the flexibility to make any adjustments if necessary.
  • The CRC résumé template is a traditional style résumé that lists your professional experience chronologically, starting with your most recent position. The majority of résumés are written in this format, and this is also the format most employers are accustomed to seeing.

“Management-Focused” Bullet Points

Many of our incoming MS students have previous technical experience and the first drafts of the MS level résumés tend to focus on tasks instead of results or accomplishments. Consider what your potential employers in your future industries would want to know about your experiences and not just what your past employer would find interesting. Always have the reader in mind. Here are two before and after examples that show how to turn technical job descriptions into more management-focused bullet points.

Before - needs improvement:

Infosys Technologies Ltd, Bangalore, India
Software Engineer, 11/2010 – 07/2012

  • Worked on applications for a European-based telecom company – platforms: Unix, Sybase, VMS and Oracle
  • Provided technical support for these applications
  • Noticed bottlenecks in the process
  • Worked with others migrate of the application to the next generation software
  • Conducted solution testing and maintained the solution testing environment of the application
  • Ensured integrity of the applications by following change management procedures
  • Proactively identified problems by installing checks early in the process

After - with enhancements:

Infosys Technologies Ltd, Bangalore, India
Software Engineer, 11/2010 – 07/2012

  • Managed applications on Unix, Sybase, VMS and Oracle platforms, which calculated commissions paid by a European-based telecom company to thousands of its dealers
  • Provided technical support to users, appropriately selling additional services and applications
  • Identified and resolved bottlenecks in the process and reduced the monthly batch processing time by 23%
  • Coordinated with global team members to ensure the successful migration of the application to the next generation software
  • Conducted solution testing and maintained the testing environment of the application, ensuring software released into production did not hinder with business continuity
  • Ensured integrity of the applications by following change management procedures and identified problems by installing checks early in the process
  • Accurately documented all processes, created progress and final reports for senior management and clients

Notice that the after version shows results with actual percentages and describes the value that the employee brought to the company. Take the time to think about the skills you developed that would be transferable to your future jobs and also try to show you were successful at the tasks you performed by using those skills. Our recommendation is to research job openings for positions you would plan to apply for in the future and see what skills and qualities the companies are requesting for those jobs. How can you show that you have developed those skills in your past positions already?

Expanding Your Bullets

If you are having trouble expanding your bullet statements, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What relevant, transferable skills did I use or develop? 
  • What results can I quantify and/or highlight?
  • What was the purpose of my efforts?
  • What effect did I have on my team, organization, or client?
  • Did I collaborate with cross-functional teams and did I work with senior level staff?
  • Did senior level staff use the work I produced, and if so, for what purpose?
  • Was my work complex? How can I show this complexity with clarity?
  • What would a future employer find valuable and relevant about the work that I did?
  • Was I an outstanding performer? How would the recruiter know?