Resume Types

There are currently three resume “types” that you may choose: “Resume,” “Curriculum Vitae,” and “Empty.” They differ only in terms of the pre-generated sections that you will be presented with when you first create the resume. For example, the “Resume” type has default sections such as “Objective” and “Computer Skills” while the “Curriculum Vitae” type has default sections such as “Publications” and “Grants.” This is a convenience, not a limitation, since you can rename, add, or delete sections at any time.

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Section Types

There are five section types: education, employment, narrative, list, and definition. The names are only descriptive—you can create an education-type section and title it whatever you like. These section types differ mainly in what fields are available for items and how the items are formatted. All fields are optional and should be filled in only if needed.


Education sections are usually used to describe degrees earned. They have more general uses, for example, to describe training undertaken.

  • Start date: the month and year the degree was started.
  • End date: the month and year the degree was completed. If the year is blank but there is a start date, it is assumed to be ongoing.
  • Degree: name of the degree (e.g., “B.S. Psychology”).
  • Institution: name of the college, university, or other institution which granted the degree.
  • Location: where the degree was earned (e.g., “New Haven, CT”).
  • Grade or Distinction: grade point average or honorary distinction (e.g., “3.8 GPA” or “magna cum laude”)
  • Description: a short paragraph describing your coursework, activities, etc. (Markdown supported).


Employment sections are designed to describe work experience, volunteer activities, and similar efforts.

  • Start date: the month and year the employment began.
  • End date: the month and year the employment ended. If the year is blank but there is a start date, it is assumed to be ongoing.
  • Title: job title or position (e.g., “Chief Financial Officer”).
  • Entity: name of employer (e.g., “The Boeing Company”).
  • Location: where the employment took place (e.g., “San Antonio, TX” or “Seattle Campus”)
  • Description: a short paragraph describing the employment, job requirement, achievements, etc. (Markdown supported).


Definition sections contain items which have labels and descriptions. For example, a “Skills” section might have a label “Office Software” with description “Microsoft Word and Excel.”

  • Title: an item label, typically a category of some sort.
  • Description: a brief description following the label, for example, a list of items in the category (Markdown supported).


List sections contain items that are simply list items. For example, a list of awards or publications. These items contains only a description—no other fields are available.

  • Description: brief item text (e.g., “Nobel Prize in Physics, 1997”).


Narrative sections simply contain blocks of text for free-form entry (Markdown supported). Note that narrative items are limited to 1024 characters. However, if you do not have enough space in the first narrative item, you can simply add another narrative item and start a new paragraph.

Use Cases

These five section types can be used quite generally. Here are a few common resume sections or items and how we suggest you add them:

  • Objective or Summary: add a narrative section at the top of your resume. Add a new narrative item for each paragraph of your personal statement.

  • Date of Birth, Nationality: add a list or definition section called “Personal Information” with items for *date of birth, place of birth, nationality, marital status, etc.

  • Publications, Research, or Grants: use a list section with each item being a separate publication, research project, or grant.

  • Skills: if you want to list several categories of skills (e.g., Programming Languages, Statistical Software, Office Software, etc.), then use a definition section with labels being the category names and descriptions being the list of skills. If you want to list several of one type of skill (e.g., Computer Skills), then a regular list section might work better.

  • References: you can use a list section to add references to the end of your resume in free form, one per line. For example: First Last, Title,

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Date Ranges

Beginning and ending dates are formatted according to the specifications of a given theme. Whether a range or a single date is shown and whether the months are listed will depend on what information you provide. You have the option to give the start month, start year, end month, and end year. The date will be displayed as follows:

  • If no end month is given, then the start month will not be used.
  • If no start month is given, but a start year is given, then the end month will not be used.
  • If no start year is given, then only an end-date will be displayed.
  • If both the start year and end year are missing, then no date will be displayed.
  • If an end year is given, but no start year, then a single end date will be displayed (possibly with the month), rather than a range.

The following examples may be helpful.

Start Month Start Year End Month End Year Result Note
January 2000 May 2005 January 2000–May 2005 Full date range
- 2000 - 2005 2000–2005 Year range
- - May 2005 May 2005 End date only
- - - 2005 2005 End year only
- 2000 May 2005 2000–2005 End month unused
January 2000 - 2005 2000–2005 Start month unused
January 2000 - - January 2000–Present Present assumed
January 2000 May - January 2000–Present End month unused
January - May - - Undefined, no years

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Markdown is a lightweight markup language which aims for maximum readability and “publishability” of both its input and output forms, taking many cues from existing conventions for marking up plain text in email.

A basic subset of the Markdown syntax is supported for description fields only (job descriptions, narrative sections, etc.). The formatting for other fields (title, dates, etc.) is determined by the layout chosen.

  • To produce italic text, surround a phrase with asterisks. Example: *emphasis* and *italic phrase*. Result: emphasis and italic phrase.

  • To produce bold text, surround a phrase with double asterisks. Example: **strong** and **bold words**. Result: strong and bold words.

  • To produce monospaced text, surround a phrase with backticks. Example: `teletype` and `source code`. Result: teletype and source code.

  • To produce an (unordered) list, use asterisks, hyphens, or plus signs as list markers on separate lines. Example:

    - This is a short list.
    - With only two items.


    • This is a short list.
    • With only two items.
  • To produce an ordered list, use Arabic numerals on each line. Example:

    1. This is the first item
    2. Second item follows the first.


    1. This is the first item
    2. Second item follows the first.

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Preservation of Items in Linked Sections

If a resume contains a section that is the target of links from other resumes, the items in that section will be relocated to one of the remaining resumes and all remaining links will be updated accordingly.

  • When deleting a section which is the target of inbound links, one of the links will be converted to an actual section of the same type and all items will be relocated to that section.

  • For example, suppose sections A is the original and that sections B and C both link to section A. If section A is deleted, then the items within will be moved to one of the remaining sections. This section, say, section B, becomes the new primary copy. The link from section C is redirected from section A to the new primary, section B.

  • When deleting a resume, any items in linked sections will be preserved elsewhere, as above.

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In the US and UK, resumes typically do not include photos, whereas in other European countries attaching a photo is standard. Thus, we provide the ability to add a photo to your resume if you wish.

To add a photo to your CV or resume, use the “Upload Photo” form on the edit page. Select a JPEG or PNG image to use as your photo and click the “Upload Photo” button. If you have already uploaded a photo and want to remove it, click “Delete Photo” instead. Uploaded photos must be no larger than 1MB in size. Photos with dimensions larger than 200x200 pixels will be automatically resized. As such, you should perform any cropping before uploading the photo.

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HTML Export

HTML export produces a single standalone HTML file with all styling and images embedded within the file itself. This makes it extremely easy to download, edit, and share the file as you please.

If you have uploaded a photo, it will be encoded and embedded within the HTML file, so you do not need to keep track of any external files. Note, however, that to use this feature your browser must support inline images (current versions of most major browsers now do).

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Publishing Basics

When you publish one of your resumes, it will be accessible to the public at the URL where username is your username. You may only publish one resume. If you plan to manage multiple resumes (or multiple versions of the same resume), it is good practice to choose one to publish and then link to it’s sections from your other resumes as appropriate. When you make changes to a published resume, they are visible immediately.

Publishing Themes

You can choose from the full array of themes when publishing your resume or CV. We have access to large library of web fonts, and when you allow us to host your published resume, it will be displayed using the same beautiful fonts as the PDF version.

Removing a Published Resume

To remove a published resume from public view, simply visit your dashboard and click the “Unpublish” button. You can republish the same resume, or a different one, at any time.

Your Email Address

We employ effective email address obfuscation techniques to prevent spam bots from harvesting email addresses from published HTML resumes. While it is not possible to absolutely prevent spammers from obtaining your email address (a human harvester could simply write down the address, which is visible in a regular web browser), the JavaScript obfuscation techniques we use have been shown to be very effective in eluding spam bots, which are the most common method used to harvest email addresses. Note, however, that we cannot obfuscate your email address in the PDF version, so any spam bots that attempt to parse PDF files will still be able to obtain your address if you include it in your resume.

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