Your resumé is a one-page compilation of your relevant education, work experience, credentials, and accomplishments that you will distribute to potential employers when looking for a job. In some cases, it may be longer (for example, when a curriculum vitae, or CV, is requested in academia). The purpose of your resumé is to get you a job interview with your target employer.
In many cases, your resumé will serve as your first impression among those who make hiring decisions. This means you will need an excellent resumé to have the chance to make an impression in person. In a potentially crowded pool of job applicants, employers have to make tough decisions based on resumés, so even something as minor as a typo or grammatical error could hurt your chances. Everyone—even the world’s best writers and career development professionals—should ask others to review their resumé and provide feedback to help it shine as brightly as possible.
Tune Up Your Resumé with the Career Center
Fortunately, the Berklee Career Center is here to help you with your resumé. If you don’t know where to begin, you may wish to take a look at some of these sample resumés to get an idea of the format and style.
- Performance resumé: Sample Performance Resume
Music business resumé: Sample Music Business Resume
- Composer/sound design/post-production resumés: Sample Composition/Sound Design Resume, Sample Composition/Sound Design Resume, and Sample Composition/Sound Design Resume
Composition and arranging resumé: Sample Composition/Arranging Resume
- Film scoring resumé: Sample Film Scoring Resume
Post-production/programming resumé: Sample Post-Production Resume
Do you need a curriculum vitae (CV) rather than a resumé? Check out these great tips from the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Once you have a draft completed, we invite you to come to the Career Center for a Resumé and Cover Letter Tune-Up session any Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Our expert advisors will review your most recent resumé and cover letter drafts, and provide guidance on how best to sell your skills to your target employer (note that you can also make an individual advising appointment for the same purpose).