Sample Resumes for PennDesign Students

Many former PennDesign job-seekers, who have successfuly used their resumes to get jobs, have allowed us to post their work as samples. As you begin assembling your materials, it can be useful to see what others have done. These are examples only, and should not be copied, but can offer perspectives of how you might highlight and illustrate your own skills and experiences. We make no claims that they are perfect, but we offer them as useful examples. Click on the thumbnail images below to view the samples. For specific information on portfolios, CLICK HERE.

Architecture
Landscape Architecture
City Planning
Historic Preservation
Urban and Spatial Analytics
Fine Arts

Architecture Resumes

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Key features:

  • Two column format with some key information highlighted in left-hand column - including an objective
  • Specific projects listed from past internship work experience
  • Two pages of design work added as second and third page of resume

Advice we might give for this resume:

  • Add a "graduate student" entry to the professional experience section to highlight key coursework or student projects, and the specific skills used to do them
  • Provide more details about the types of projects from internship experience if the reader may be unaware of what they represent (e.g., size, scale)
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Key features:

  • Clear layout
  • Good descriptions explaining why honors and awards were received
  • Names of employers are prominent, emphasizing work was done at well known firms

Advice we might give for this resume:

  • Format is highly stylized; may be somewhat distracting
  • Shift dates to the right-hand side of the page to de-emphasize when events occured and focus more on the work done and the different roles played

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Key features:

  • 2-column approach that clearly emphasizes skills
  • Good descriptions of experiences that include quantifiable elements - adding numbers will make the experiences seem more real and tangible

Advice we might give for this resume:

  • Text is dense. Consider using bullet-points for the experience section so that individual skills can be seen more clearly
  • Consider adding some additional information to illustrate skills that come from the leadership experiences.

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City Planning Resumes

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Key features:

  • This resume features a clear professional experience section with some clear active doing verbs to illustrate key skills relevant in the planning field.
  • There is a Leadership Experience section that also demonstrates an enagement in the planning and real estate field, as well as additional transferable skills.

Advice we might give for this resume:

  • Formatting of two columns at top is unconventional
  • Provide some additional details about the "organizations" section in terms of showcasing any relevant experiences; move section to bottom of resume. Reconsider renaming this section to "Professional Memberships."
  • Check for small typos and inconsistencies in formatting (ie. right margin differs from the left margin)

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Key features:

  • Relevant coursework is clearly visibible
  • List of technical skills is complete and the list seems to be prioritized based on what might be most helpful

Advice we might give for this resume:

  • Make sure the "other" skills are illustrated in action within the experience section
  • Try to avoid very short bullets - be more descriptive and make better use of horizontal space
  • Quantify where possible - ie. include grant amounts when referencing grant writing

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Key features:

  • Two column approach with experience section prioritized and some design features in terms of color and format
  • Large section of relevant coursework

Advice we might give for this resume:

  • Make each of the bullets easier to see in the experience section so that the reader can quickly scan the document for keywords
  • Make sure selected projects and awards are meaningful to the reader

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Key features:

  • Profile section with information about goals and a summary of skills and experiences
  • Language listed as a skill
  • Good use of active doing verbs to represent relevant skills

Advice we might give for this resume:

  • Make sure fonts look consistent when converting your document to a PDF and check spacing in education section
  • Margins are narrow; it is ok to go to two pages if you have a significant amount of relevant experience.

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Key features:

  • Clear list of relevant coursework
  • Experience section focuses on relevant experiences, and uses good active doing verbs to describe skills in action

Advice we might give for this resume:

  • Add an "Academic Projects" section before the professional experience section to highlight key coursework or student projects and the skills used to do them
  • Make LEED certification more obvious

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Key features:

  • Experience section is placed first, to emphasize the application of knowledge and skills gained from academic experiences - most resumes start with experience section post-graduation
  • Good, illustrative descriptions of experience that allow the reader to understand how experiences might be relevant

Advice we might give for this resume:

  • Make degrees more obvious by integrating them into the heading rather than listing them as bullets

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Key features:

  • Clear layout, and nicely spaced so that the reader can navigate through the document easily
  • Locations of work are emphasized by formatting
  • Good descriptions of experience that allow the reader to understand how these experiences might be relevant

Advice we might give for this resume:

  • Prioritize list of skills to highlight most relevant ones first

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Key features:

  • Clear layout, with a focus on courses complete easily seen within the education section
  • A short activities section that highlights interests and characteristics of the candidate that might be of general interest to the reader

Advice we might give for this resume:

  • Add a "graduate student" section to the professional experience section to highlight key coursework or student projects and the skills used to do them

PennDesign resume guide
General resume guide
Resume checklist
Cover letter guide
Other application materials
Blog posts about resumes



Historic Preservation Resumes

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Key features:

  • Provides details about additional studies conducted on restoration and preservation topics within the education section

Advice we might give for this resume:

  • Make better use of horizontal space to de-emphasize the dates
  • List relevant coursework within the education section
  • Add a "graduate student" section to the professional experience section to highlight key coursework or student projects
  • Add a "Skills" section

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Key features:

  • 2 pages
  • Clear list of coursework within education section

Advice we might give for this resume:

  • Use more active statements within the experience section (e.g., "prepared" rather than "preparation of")
  • Include research and project work under the "graduate student" part of the experience section, not just teaching experience
  • Ensure that "Professional Qualities" listed are clearly illustrated within the experience section

PennDesign resume guide
General resume guide
Resume checklist
Cover letter guide
Other application materials
Blog posts about resumes



Urban and Spatial Analytics Resumes

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Key features:

  • Detailed description of project work in a separate section from the other internship/work experience
  • Clear focus on programming skills within the skills section

Advice we might give for this resume:

  • Use more active statements within the experience section (e.g., "wrote" rather than something "is written")
  • Consider using bullet points within the project section to highlight specific skills and experiences connected with the projects
  • Take care with the use of "we" if the reader does not have information on who this represents, or what role the candidate played in the project

PennDesign resume guide
General resume guide
Resume checklist
Cover letter guide
Other application materials
Blog posts about resumes

Fine Arts Resumes and CVs

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Key features:

  • A broad range of skills and experiences are highlighted within this resume, which might make it appropriate for different types of positions
  • For additional information on resumes relevant to Fine Arts, click here

Advice we might give for this resume:

  • Identify key takeaways the reader should have once they have read the resume, and ensure that these skills and experiences are consistently illustrated throughout the resume
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Key features:

  • This 3-page document is an example of a more traditional academic CV. There is less focus on skills, and more on what what done, where, and when
  • For more information on academic CVs, click here

Advice we might give for this resume:

  • The overall design of CVs is still important, and can help the reader navigate through the document. SOme design approaches could be used to make it more reader-friendly
  • The long lists of experiences can make it harder for the reader to easily process the information being presented.



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