Your resume is one of the most important tools you will use to market yourself to potential employers. It is important to have a strong, effective resume since your resume may be the first (and only) impression an employer gets of you. The following resources will help you get started creating a resume that will increase your chances of grabbing an employer’s attention.   

Resume Development 

A Chapter from Carlson CBCC’s Career Guide on resume development, including:

  • Guidelines for Formatting and Content
  • Communicating your Skills
  • Crafting High-Impact, Results-Oriented Bullets
  • Key Words and Phrases to Include
  • Sample Resumes

Link: Resume Development (starting on page 41) 

Resume Webinar 

Mediasite (requires a login/password) – We strongly recommend that all students view this webinar before working on your resume.  You will need to complete this worksheet as part of this process, and use one of the Carlson-approved resume templates (see below).

Carlson Resume Templates

We recommend that all Carlson students put their resume into the Carlson format, which is a one-page “reverse chronological” resume format that is considered the standard across graduate business programs. 

NOTE: If you have more than 10 years of work experience, please speak with a Career Coach to determine if this is the appropriate format for you.

There are different resume templates for students in Carlson’s various programs. 

These templates work best in Microsoft Word. Please be sure that you are using the correct template before you begin working on your resume.

Resumes for Executive MBAs and Experienced Professionals (8+ years of experience)

For more seasoned business professionals, you might consider a 2-page executive resume format.  The following resources are intended for CEMBA students, as well as MS SCM and Part-Time Students with 10+ years of work experience.  

Executive Resume Best Practices – a video on preparing a standard 2-page resume for executive resume for more seasoned business professionals.

Mastering the Executive Resume – Workshop on preparing a standard 2-page executive resume for more seasoned business professionals.  

Executive Resume Template 

VMock – YOUR Resume Feedback Tool

VMock is a tool the CBCC provides for current students and alumni to have their resume reviewed virtually.  It provides customized feedback on formatting, grammar, and impact.  We encourage students to use this before meeting with a coach for a resume review appointment.   

Resumes for Careers Outside of the U.S. 

Use Going Global Country Guides for advice and strategies for finding employment opportunities outside of the US. The country guides include a section on writing resumes and cover letters for each particular country.