Outline of a Resume - Getting the Main Parts Right
Here are a couple tips from someone who has worked in corporate America and looked at thousands of resumes.
Header: Don't be cute Include your key contact info: phone number and address (both temporary and permanent).
This is not the place to be cute.
Make sure your email address is not something a high school girl would have (no numbers or cute letters).
Job Objective: Tell them what they want to hear It's OK to be very straightforward here.
Tell them what job you're applying for even if it's the exact description they have in their help wanted ad.
This section simply signals that you've taken the time to customize this resume to them - instead of something generic you send to every company.
Education or Qualifications: Be relevant.
For college students or recent MBA graduates, this section should come before your employment or experience history - simply because the interviewer is probably interested in your GPA and major.
For others, this section can go later or creatively use it to highlight credentials or skills that are important to your future employer.
Got a 6 Sigma Black belt? How about a CPA certification? Employment History: Make it about you.
That's right, this section is your main story.
Every detail should guide the interviewer to you.
Job headings should have your title first and the company you worked for after.
Details on job responsibilities should be about what you did - not what your team did.
If it was a team effort, what was your specific role? Quantify where possible - it helps clarify the scope of what you were doing.
Special Skills or Affiliations: Be interesting.
For college students or recent MBA graduates, this is a great place to make a personal connection with your interviewer.
What kind of things can you talk about that doesn't involve work? For others, this part is optional and most often just left out.
But if used creatively, it can perk the interest of the interviewer and make you memorable.
This is usually looked at last in the interview.
Wouldn't it be great to end on a story that will make you unforgettable? References: Get it out of the way.
Usually stating "Available Upon Request" is good enough (and really be ready to hand some contacts over).
Most employers don't follow up on this but this makes them more comfortable asking should they want some references.