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					Resume headings – what information to include and how to format it

The first and most prominent item on your resume if your name and contact
information. Your name is typically in the largest font, standing apart
from all other text on your resume. A common mistake professionals make
is trying to emphasize their name in a special font type. As it is
difficult to anticipate the software and its version your potential
employer is using, you run a risk of not knowing exactly how your name
will show up on their screen. Stick to the basic font types – Arial and
Times New Roman are most commonly used and are least risky when it comes
to formatting your resume. Don’t go overboard on the font size either.
Your name should be in point size 14 or 16; all other headings should be
in 12 or 14 point font, while the remaining text of your resume should be
between 10 and 12 points. Along with your name, the very top of your
resume should contain your mailing address, your email address, and at
least one phone number where you can be reached. It is best to include a
physical mailing address over a P.O. Box, whenever possible. You should
never include an email address at your current place of employment
(believe us, it happens). A helpful hint about listing your email address
– make sure that it contains your name, as this helps you appear more
professional. You can create a free Yahoo email account; it also maybe
helpful to have one email address as a point of contact for your job
search. At least one phone number should be listed; make sure to indicate
if you are listing a home or a mobile number. If you have a professional
web site, you can include the address to it along with your contact
information. Please note, only do so if there isn’t anything on the web
site that is personal; the only reason your potential employer may want
to look at a web site is if your professional portfolio or a copy of your
resume can be found there.

Whether you decide to create a chronological or a functional resume, you
will need to separate the information by headings. The best advice we can
give you is to keep the section headings professional and stick to the
basics. Don’t try to come up with creative titles for your professional
summary, or for your qualifications. Your chronological resume should
have the following sections/titles:
-     career objective
-     professional summary (optional)
-     professional experience/work experience/experience
-     education
-     publications/special achievements (if applicable)
-     qualifications/skills
-     references/references and portfolio

A functional resume is slightly different, and the headings you chose
will truly depend on the skills you are trying to highlight. You should
include:
-     career objective
-     education
-     professional skills/professional qualifications (this section will
include sub-headings as they relate to specific qualifications you want
to promote, such as communications, customer relations, managements,
etc.)
-     work experience/work history (if applicable; should only include
dates, titles, companies and locations without listing responsibilities)
-     volunteer work/activities (if applicable)
-     references

These are the typical sections of chronological and functional resumes.
Do some research on resume styles and find sample resumes of
professionals in your industry. You may need to adjust these headings
based on your field, although the content should be consistent across
industries. Stick to the basics; don’t try to be creative in order to
stand out. A professional and polished resume will get you noticed, so do
your best to create a resume that is error free and best supports your
career objective.

				
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