Resumes and references

Your resume is essentially a marketing piece. Its purpose is to quickly communicate your qualifications to a potential employer, so it should be organized, clear, concise, and relevant. You may have different versions of your resume depending on what you are seeking.

If you need help creating or reviewing a resume, please request an appointment in CyHire.

Sample resumes

There are various ways to create resumes based on your preference and industry. The examples below are provided as guidelines and represent industry-specific content employers seek on resumes. If this is your first time creating a resume, please see our beginner resume sample. If you have studied abroad, download this handout for information on highlighting this experience on your resume. Always consider working with Career Services to create the best resume for you. 

Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management

Apparel, Merchandising, and Design

Event Management

Hospitality Management

Kinesiology and Health

Athletic Training


Creative resumes

We understand some students would like a resume with a more creative look based on your interests and the types of positions of interest to you. In order to display creativity on a resume, we suggest you also keep in mind the readability, colors used, and use of space on the page. There are many examples available online. This is one example that you could use to get started.


A reference page allows you to provide a list of contacts who can validate the information on your resume and speak to your quality of work. References should be individuals who are familiar with your applicable skills and will provide you a positive recommendation. Be sure to ask permission before you provide contact information to anyone and supply your reference with a copy of your resume. 

References may include: 

  • Former and current supervisors/managers
  • Co-workers
  • Professors/Academic Advisers
  • Student Organization Advisers
  • Coaches
  • Mentors
  • Contacts from professional organizations
  • Contacts from volunteer/community activities
  • Customers/Clients