A resume is a written document created by a job applicant to outline a person’s qualifications for a position.It is a short account of your career and qualifications within your profession. Resume can be used for a number of purposes, but they are used most commonly to obtain new jobs. 

The resume is a starting point to knowing your product (you), a resume is an advertisement, nothing more, nothing less. A great resume doesn’t just tell them what you have done but makes the same assertion that all good ads do: If you buy this product (Me), you will get these specific, direct benefits. It presents you in the best light. It convinces the employer that you have what it takes to be successful in this new position or career.

It is so pleasing to the eye that the reader is enticed to pick it up and read it. It stimulates interest in meeting you and learning more about you. It inspires the prospective employer to pick up the phone and ask you to come in for an interview. In order to ensure that all the years of schooling and other experiences will pay off in the job hunt, even before contacting employers, one must learn the art of resume writing.

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Your Resume Should Be:
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Basic Resume Outline
1. Heading/ Contact Information​

This section contains information about who you are and how the employer can reach you. You want to make this clear and to the point. What do you list here? Include your name, usually in bold print, and your contact information. This is usually your address, phone number(s), email address and your web address if it is pertinent to the position.

2. Objective​

Your objective should focus on the position you want. Focus on what you can do for the employer, not on what you expect them to do for you. Be concise. If you sell at all, do so subtly in the guise of how it will assist the employer. You may never completely match a job description in your life, but it doesn’t matter. The important thing is that you match it BETTER than any of your competition.

3. Education​

Include colleges/universities where you have been awarded a degree (or are where you are working on getting a degree). List the name of your degree (no abbreviations, please) and/or certification that you have obtained, or will obtain, the month and year of your graduation, and your major and minor(s). If you have received any specific education-related awards, they need to be listed in another section with the exception of Magna Cum Laude or Summa Cum Laude, etc. They can be listed here as it is something that should stand out. List the dates you attended school, too. If you do not have any college experience, list your high school information. Or, if you just started college and had some related course-work in high school, you can list them here as well.

4. Work Experience​

List your job title, the name of the organization you worked for and the dates of your employment. Below this, detail your work-related tasks and accomplishments. Write clearly and use words that command attention, such as: operated, created, ensured, maintained, managed, provided, responded, and so on. List the activities and responsibilities that most closely match the prospective employer’s needs first. Volunteer work should be listed in another section unless it is pertinent to the position you are applying for.

5. Honors/Activities/Achievements/Publications​

You may have something that fits into one of the categories listed above or you may not. If you do, identify which word best fits and create that category to match your skills. There are many additional sections you may consider using. One or two should be enough. Just be careful not to use so many that it waters down the focus of the resume.

6. Other Section​

According to your background, there may be other sections, which you will want to add to your resume. This section may include:

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If any of these sections apply to you – AND – if they help you target the job you are seeking, use them.
Don’t use them if you don’t NEED them. They detract from the true purpose of your resume if they do not aptly FIT the position you are trying to get.

7. References ​

This section isn’t really even necessary, but if you include it, don’t actually list the references you have. Either state that your references are “available upon request” or that they are “included on a separate page”.

Be sure that you have contacted each of the individuals you have chosen and asked permission to use them as job-related references. This is a common courtesy and should be afforded each person you expect to list.