Include your name and current contact information at the top and center –Your contact information should be up-to-date and include your current phone number,
email address and LinkedIn account (if you have one). Do not include other forms of
social media, such as Facebook.
Mention the professional title for the job you are seeking – Examples include sales professional, physician’s assistant, human resource assistant
Begin with a brief introduction that highlights your unique skills, abilities and
knowledge – Include key “buzz” words from the actual job ad, such as collaborator, sales professional or educational expert. This is important since some companies, especially larger ones, may use a software
program to search received resumes for specific buzz words. Ideally, the introduction
should be no more than five sentences.
Highlight 2-3 select accomplishments that are relevant to the job you are seeking
– Your accomplishments can include company awards, professional goals you have met,
or any number of successes that are relevant to the job you are seeking.
For job experience, include any relevant professional experience within the last five
years – Begin with your most recent position and work back in time.
Include education and additional training at the end of the resume – It is important to make note of ANY education completed and/or in progress; doing
so conveys to employers not only your professional experience, but your academic achievements
as well. Be sure to include any degrees and non-degree programs you are currently
completing. For example, you could include successful completion of the realtor exam
or yoga teacher certification program.
Include any organizations, committees, or volunteer groups you have servedon – Remember that it is good to make note of groups you have been involved in that
weren’t a specific requirement for past jobs and positions. This is especially important
for an applicant who doesn’t have extensive work experience.