What is a resume?

A resume is a selling tool that outlines your skills and experiences so an employer can see, at a glance, how you can contribute to the employer’s workplace. The most effective resumes are clearly focused on a specific job title and address the employer’s stated requirements for the position. Unless you have extensive work experience, try to keep your resume to one page.

What is included in a resume?

1. Personal Information

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number

2. Skills Profile: Below your personal information, list your skills. Keep it basic, but related to the job you are applying for. Instead of stating “Good at computers,” write “Proficient in Microsoft Office as well as a variety of spreadsheet programs.” If it doesn’t relate to the job, don’t list it.
3. Employment History: In this section, list all of the previous jobs you’ve had that qualify you for the position. Update this section to keep it as current as possible. List any tasks you had to do as well as any achievements you accomplished while at the job.
4. Education: Begin with the most recent education first, and list them in descending order. Put down what degree you earned as well. Recent graduates can include GPA if over 3.0.
5. References: At the end, list any references the company may contact for further information about you. You can list personal or work-related references, but do not list anyone related to you. Keep the list short, starting with your strongest reference first. Make sure you ask for permission before listing your references.

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