IEOR Required Resume Format

All resumes MUST abide by these requirements

  • Must be one page
  • Must be made in Microsoft Word
  • Page Size must be Letter 8.5 inch x 11 inch NOT A4, which is often standard in Europe and Asia. Click on Page Layout and then Size to set page to Letter 8.5" x 11”
  • Each section should be clearly defined
  • Font style should be Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri, Garamond or Tahoma
  • Body font should be at a minimum size 10, maximum size 12
  • Your name should be the largest font on the page
  • Margins should be no less than 0.5 inches on each side
  • Use only one font throughout
  • ​Set proofing language to US English for spelling and grammar check. Click on Review then Language then Set Proofing Language and choose English (United States)

Resume Sections


  • Name: legal First Name followed by legal Last Name
    • If using a preferred name, the recommended format is:
    • Preferred Name (legal First Name in parentheses) legal Last Name
  • Address: where to mail physical offer letter
  • Phone number in the US with 3 digit area code. Do NOT include the country code +1.
  • Email must be professional and allows you to be easily identifiable. We strongly recommend using your Columbia email address.
  • Webpage (eg, LinkedIn Profile)
  • Education: schools and degrees in order of attendance starting with the most recent
    • Do NOT list high school
    • Clearly indicate name of undergraduate institution, the location, degree program and month and year of graduation
    • Include any additional graduate degrees in the same format as undergraduate institution
    • Academic performance indicators (ie, GPA, honors, awards). If GPA is not on 4.0 point scale, you can indicate ranking or percentile.
    • You may list titles of relevant courses. Do NOT include course numbers.
    • You may briefly summarize projects or thesis

Professional and academic experience starting with the most recent

  • Name of organization
  • Location of organization
  • Title of position
  • Duration of experience (month and year started to month and year completed). Always include month (ie, October or Oct), NOT season (ie, Spring or Summer)
  • Description of experience
  • Use action verbs to start all bullet points
  • Past experience should start with a verb in the past tense, and current experience in the present tense.
  • Make resume relevant to the role you're applying for; use 3-5 job descriptions to guide your choice of words and how you prioritize and present your background.
  • Quantify and highlight your accomplishments (eg, include metrics for money or time saved, efficiencies increased, customers acquired, etc)
  • Do NOT use personal prounouns, such as I, me, we, etc

Skills and Certifications

  • Skills: languages, finance, programming, equipment, etc
  • Certifications/licensure: Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

Interests and Activities

  • Interests: what are your passions outside of school and work?
  • Activities: what activities exemplify your values, motivations, perseverance, and leadership qualities

DO NOT Include

  • Personal information (too personal)
    • Age, gender, marital status, number of children
  • Repetitious use of phrases, such as responsible for, duties include, etc
  • Your GPA, if less than 3.0
  • Long narrations 
  • List of references or the phrase reference available upon request
  • JPEGS, TIFFs, or animation

Questions to ask yourself

  1. Does this resume communicate the message I want to send to employers?
    Your resume should be a purposeful presentation of yourself, marketing your relevant skills and experience to the employer through your curation, phrasing, and organization of the information on this document. Does your resume clearly illustrate the kind of professional you want to be, or does it leave the employer confused and wondering where you fit?
  2. Which three people can I show my resume to for a variety of responses and constructive feedback? 
    You need a resume that can appeal to both technical and non-technical people. Find this mix of people to learn how your resume is being perceived.