Write Your Resume

A resume is a communication tool. Job seekers use it to list their skills and experience. Employers use resumes to choose who to bring in for an interview.

Resumes are not a list of what you did. They list what you can do and what your major accomplishments have been. When describing work experience, start with an action verb. Do not say “responsible for.” Good resumes use skill language. List the common skills and experience that employer’s want. Again, use your occupational research to find out what employers want.

Resume Formats
  • A chronological resume (pdf) lists your work history starting with the most recent. This is the most common type. It is used by people who are staying in an occupation.  
  • A functional resume (pdf) groups your skills and experience by skill areas. These skill areas are called “functions.” It is used mostly by people who have little to no work history, and by people that are changing occupations.
  • A combination resume combines the other two formats. It groups your skills by function. It also lists a work history. It is used by people who are changing occupations or those returning to the workforce after a long break.  

 

What to Include on Your Resume
  • Contact information tells the employer how to reach you. It is very important for setting up interviews. Most people list their city, state, email and phone number. 
  • You may want to consider starting your resume with your profile section. This will include a summary statement which will show how you are a good fit for this job. You can highlight your skills and traits that make you successful.  
  • Education lists your degrees and classes. Include licenses or certifications.
  • Your work experience describes where you worked. It also describes your skills and accomplishments at each of your previous jobs.  
  • Your accomplishments, awards, and community service on the job or in school. Also include money that you earned or saved past companies, number of customers you helped, or other outcomes that help a business run well.

Resume Writing Resources

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