Name – Use full name. Type in bold and use a large type.
City, State, Zip Code
(Area Code) Telephone Number
Objective/Goal – Indicate the position or general type of job you are seeking.
Education –List your diploma, degree, certificate, name of school and location,
Work Experience – List each job separately starting with your present or most
recent job. State your position, responsibilities, and accomplishments
Skills – List relevant skills. Skills include the machines you can operate or the
computer hardware or software in which you are competent. Examples: operate a
cash register, copier, fax machine, IBM computer etc.
Achievements /Interests – Optional. Keep it brief
References – References are usually left off resumes.
Just write: Available upon request. Make a separate list of references in case an
employer requests them.
Resume Vocabulary Terms
Resume. A resume is a document that people seeking jobs develop to show their skills
and experiences to potential employers.
A resume is an advertisement for you. The purpose of a resume is to get an interview so
you can present yourself in person.
A resume is different from a job application. All applicants for a job fill out the same
application form. This allows an employer to compare applicants. With a resume, you
sell yourself. Your resume is unique to you.
Objective. An objective is something that one tries to reach, like a goal or a purpose.
A resume should contain a “job objective” or a “career objective.” An objective on a
resume is a statement that describes the type of job or work you are looking for.
Here are some examples of job objectives on a resume:
Seeking a job in the construction trades in which I can use my carpentry
skill and develop new skills.
Position to utilize my experience and training in electronics and machinery
Position as assistant chef where I can use my experience in creating menus
Education. Your education is the schooling or training you have had. This could
include schools, workshops, on-the-job training, seminars, or any type of relevant
Work Experience. Your work experience is a listing of the jobs you have had. A
resume should contain a list of any work you have done that is either paid, unpaid, or
Your work history should include the following things:
Your position or job
Company or organization name
Major responsibilities or duties
Dates you had the job
Skills. Your skills are the capabilities or things that you are able to do. Here are some
examples of capabilities you might see on a resume:
Typing skills of 50 wpm
Ability to speak English and Spanish
Good at organizing records and data
Ability to read diagrams and maps
Have a commercial driver’s license
Achievements/Interests. This is where you can show your accomplishments. Don’t
list things like playing soccer or going to the movies. Think of activities that show
potential employers your personal strengths. See the explanation of achievements below:
Achievements or accomplishments are things you have done that you are proud
of. Here are some examples one could list on a resume:
Won Employee of the Month
Prepared and delivered meals for the elderly through Meals on
Worked with a variety of construction firms to install windows and
Worked as a volunteer in my child’s classroom
Coached a youth soccer team for 2 seasons
Completed a computer course in Microsoft Word
Organized a school fund-raiser
Student Practice Resume
Activities and Achievements
2100 Elm Street
Redwood City, CA 94061
Medical receptionist in a bilingual clinic with opportunity to use my
strengths in communicating with patients and staff, and my office skills
Excellent organizational and filing skills
Working knowledge of Excel, Word, and medical software programs
Excellent initiative and problem solving skills
Fluent English and Spanish
Professional, courteous telephone manner
Merced Family Clinic
Schedule appointments. File medical records. Record data on patient charts. Respond to
inquiries from medical personnel.
A. S. Health Information Technology 1999
Merced Community College
Activities and Achievements
Member of Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA)
Employee of the Month, Merced Family Clinic, May 2002
Available upon request