How to Write Resumes

Is there a job you are interested in and need to send in a resume? Want to create a resume and keep it on file? The following information will help you create a simple and efficient resume.

Guidelines for writing resumes:

  • Include your name, address and daytime phone number. Include any relay information if needed.
  • Include your job objective. The objective should explain what job you are applying for. It could also include how that position fits into your personal career goals.
  • Describe your work experience, education, honors/awards and skills.
  • You do not need to include every single job you have ever had. You should focus on your education and experiences that are related to the position for which you are applying.
  • However, try to avoid any large time breaks between jobs listed on your resume. The employer may think you were unemployed during that time. (It is fine to have large time breaks if you were a full-time student during those breaks).
  • Prepare a list of references, if requested, on a separate page. This list should include two to three names, job titles, addresses and phone numbers of bosses, professors, etc. who will confirm that you have good work ethic.
  • Write a cover letter on a separate page. The cover letter should be personalized for each job you are applying for.
  • Tell the truth; do not exaggerate or tell half-truths. Show that you are confident and well-educated.
  • Your resume should be typed. Your layout and word choice should be clear and simple. Double-check your resume before turning it in.
  • Avoid attempts at humor and irrelevant information. Avoid unnecessary personal information about your age, weight, finances, and marital status.
  • Do not mention salary on your resume.
  • Avoid using adjectives and adverbs. Use powerful or unusual nouns and verbs instead. Don't make the resume too wordy. Try to use as few words as possible and still make it effective. Most resumes shouldn't be more than one page, unless you are someone who has several years of experience (10+ years) in your field.

Check on Guide to Revising Your Resume.

 

Resume Sample

Jane Doe
1234 USA Avenue
Washington, DC 00000
Phone (123) 456-7890; Fax (123) 456-7868; my@email.com
Objective:
To obtain a position as a Secondary Education teacher in English
or Social Studies.
Experience:
Tutor
Tutorial Center at Lodi University
January 2005 - Present
Lodi, CA
  • Helped students develop effective college level papers.
  • Introduced strategies to help ESL students with grammatical problems.
  • Created educational and training materials for department use.
  • Occasional administrative assistant.
Student Teacher for 7th and 8th
Tutorial Center at Lodi University
January 2009 ‐ April 2009
Lodi, CA
  • Assisted teacher by grading papers, creating bulletin boards, and running errands.
  • Taught a three-week unit about African Literature.
  • Attended parent-teacher conferences.
  • Participated in discussions at faculty meetings.
  • Supervised students on field trips.
Teacher Assistant for 7th and 8th
Lodi Middle School
September 2008 ‐ November 2008
Lodi, CA
  • Observed the teacher in the classroom.
  • Attended team meetings.
  • Asked education-related questions to the teacher and other faculty.
  • Developed positive relationships with students.
Education:
Lodi University, Lodi, CA
Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and English, May 2009
Cumulative GPA: 3.70
Honors, Awards & Fraternities:
Deans List, President's Scholar, Phi Kappa Gamma Honor Society Member, President's Club Treasurer, International Student's Club Member
Skills & Interests:
  • Computers: Internet, MS Word, Corel Word Perfect, MS Power Point, MS Access, Creating Web Pages, Email.
  • Compatible: culturally aware, easy-going, and well traveled.
Reference:
Available upon request.

 

Sourced by Janel Muyesseroglu

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