Basic Resume Components
Should list your name, mailing address, phone number and e-mail address. It should be attractive in appearance. No need to put “Resume” at the top of the page.
If you have a specific position or career goal in mind, state this under the heading of “Employment Objective” or simply “Objective”. If it is a realistic objective, simply state the job title (Nursing Assistant, Electro-Mechanical Drafter, etc.).
Career Summary or Professional Accomplishments
Brief highlights of your relevant work experience and qualifications for the job. Include: years of experience, special skills, achievements and personal characteristics.
Lists last 8-10 years of experience beginning with current or most recent position. Include dates of employment, job titles and names and locations of companies.
Education and Training
List relevant education and training in reverse chronological order (if appropriate) and without dates if degrees date back more than ten years. Listing Education in the following order:
- Post-graduate college (Ph.D., Masters)
- Undergraduate college (if more than one degree, list most relevant)
- Community College or Two-year programs
- Technical training and continuing education (seminars, certifications, etc.)
- High School Diploma or GED Certificate
Professional and Community Affiliations
List volunteer or community service work as well as professional memberships.
Be sure to eliminate personal data that is irrelevant to the position you want.
Your resume should be one to two pages in length and have one-inch margins.
Font Faces and Sizes
Use an easy-to-read font face at a size of 10-12 points for the body and 12-14 points for section headers. Commonly available examples:
Use bold print and bulleted text to highlight only the important information.