Preparing a Resume
What Format Should You
experience by a few major coursework (even if you
Name and Address Block did
Use? categories." Here are not name, a certificate and
Include receive full address, or
some examples of skill
Most resumes use either a degree).
phone number, and e-mail
chronological format or a address.
A project manager might
functional format. Note: Include the degree or
use: management, certificate name, the name of
administration, written and educational institutions attended and
Your objective tells the employer
Chronological Format its city and state. List education
A chronological resume presents what type of position or job you
without graduation dates, which can
An accountant might use:
your work experience by starting are pursuing. Keep it shortyou
indicate your age. However, if and
with your most recent place of simple. Tailor the objective to the
have recently obtained technical
employment first, then list each position and be specific.
education or credentials, listing
job you have held in reverse graduation dates can work in your
PC support specialist
order.AIt also describes the Sample:
favor by showing the employer that
might use: systems design you have the most recent technical
A position as a ________. (Insert
activities and accomplishments of
and implementation, knowledge.
position/title of job you are
each job in a single paragraph or
in bullet points. applying for.)
PREPARING A RESUME
hardware or programming skills,
• Following each "skill Affiliations
Qualifications or Summary
draw special attention to those Functional Format
This section is also optional. of
Here you present a snapshot
skills and list them towards the category," write about six
A functional formatted resume
The purpose of a resume is to statements describing the
presents your work experience by
Include any currentto highlight
the skills you want licenses and
beginning of your resume. memberships to professional
explain your skills, qualifications listing the skills you have have in
various activities you used and advertise to the employer.
and previous job experiences. affiliations that are relevant to
Getting the resume reader's
Employment/Experience done. These activities could
all your past jobs. It explains
The goal of a resume is to get you have occurred anytime
your skills by describing the
your currentthe top third of the
attention in resume and job
History search objective.
to the next step – An Interview! throughout your career and
activities and accomplishments of page will encourage them to read
This section will be different
all your jobs and lifein order of
should be listed experiences. the rest of the resume.
depending on whether you are Example:
There are several key questions importance, rather than
using a chronological or function Wisconsin RN License
to consider before beginning to chronologically. questions to
Answer the followingStart each of • A qualifications section lists
format for your resume. Certified in CPR and Red Cross
prepare a resume: these statements with an
help you determine which format skills or buzzwords for the
CHRONOLOGICAL FORMAT action verb;
to best to use: avoid the phrase employer to scan over.
1. Is my resume current, up-to- American Association of
"responsible for." • Accounting Executives,
A summary is a brief
List your employment Is the job you are
• Quantify accomplishments
Have I had a reverse
2. experience in job search applying for in a different paragraph
member that describes your
fieldwhenever possible. For most marketable skills.
chronological order, and
professional review starting than you have
example, if you saved YES NO
previously worked? This
with the most recent
critique my resume? job. company a different
does not mean money, or you Computer/Technical Skills
• List the company fully explain
3. Does my resume name, city increased the customer base
industry, but a different This section is optional. However,
and state, job title, and dates
my skills and qualifications for job. by a significant percentage, for jobs requiring software,
of employment (i.e. 1998
the job I am applying for? - include it.
4. Do I customize and tailor my Have you held more than History"
• Next, add a "Work
• resume to mirror the position
For each company, write three four jobs in the past five YES NO
section. List your work
to six statements describing
I’m pursuing? years?
history in chronological order,
5. your duties. Start eachand
Did I list both personal starting with the most recent
statement references on
job relatedwith an action my Have you been
job. Include position title, NO
verb; avoid the phrase
resume? unemployed for longer YES
"responsible for." List these thancompany name, city and state
and dates of employment (i.e.
job duties in "hard copy"
Your resume is aorder of If you answered "Yes" to one or
1998 - 2001).
importance job skills and
version of your relative to your more of the questions, use the
current job potential
• Quantify accomplishments to
employers can look at and use
whenever possible. For
determine whether or not they
functional format. If you
Include the following of the
answered "No" to all education
questions, use the chronological
Your resume is a
example, if you saved the
want to interview you. Even if
and training information:
youcompany to a position by
respond money, or you
• Educational achievements, It is never
increased the customer base
filling out an online or offline Standard with your highest
starting Resume completely
by a significant percentage,
application, be prepared to follow Information
the include it. up with a hard
• Professional development
done. . .
copy resume. You should also Resumes contain some standard
FUNCTIONAL FORMAT certificates, continuing
bring extra copies of your information. For an example:
education classes and college
• List to your job interview.
resume your employment
Preparing a Resume
writing "I developed policies to read. Use bullets instead of
and procedures," it is better to large blocks or paragraphs of
write "Developed policies and text.
procedures." • Use smooth white or off-white
• Everything on your resume resume paper. Textured paper
should support your objective doesn't photocopy well.
statement. • Use the same font size (10 or
• Use action verbs to describe 12 point) and style throughout
job duties and be sure to keep your resume.
the verb tense consistent • Use special formatting, (bold,
throughout your resume. italics, underlined type, and
Example: indented text) to separate
Avoid terms such as "responsible categories and improve the
clarity of your information.
Use terms like - Saved,
Developed, Created, Initiated, • Avoid graphics and shading,
Compiled unless you are pursuing a
TIPS FOR A GOOD RESUME • Quantify accomplishments highly creative position (i.e.
when possible. graphic designer).
Your resume is a "living Example: • Proofread your resume and
document." It is never completely "Increased manufacturing have a friend or co-worker
done because you are never efficiency by 24% through proofread it as well.
improved labor utilization"
completely done with your • Use the spell check feature in
"Developed and monitored $200K
experiences. Update your resume expense budget, achieving year-
your software program.
every six months. Each time you end results of 15% below plan"
apply for a job, tailor your resume • List educational credentials
and cover letter for the new (beyond high school) without
position. graduation dates unless you
are a recent graduate or it
• Refer to the last 10 years in would explain a gap in Back to Employment Road Map
your work history, but go back employment.
no more than 15 years total. • You may want to create a
• Strive for one page, but make separate section for
it absolutely no longer than credentials/licences (i.e. RN,
two pages. If your resume is MFCC Lic. ##, CPA, etc.).
two pages, make sure your • Do not staple your resume to
name, phone number and your cover letter.
"page 2" is at the top of the
• Don't rely on your cover letter
to convey all relevant and
• Do not include: salary, age, important information because
race, hobbies, or marital not all hiring managers and
status. recruiters read cover letters.
• Only use your e-mail address
in the header if you check
your e-mail regularly (at least APPEARANCE OF A GOOD
once a day).
The goal of a
• Use a specific objective
statement using the desired Your resume should look neat and
job title or occupational area
of the position.
orderly to present you in the best resume is to get
manner possible. Here are some
tips important to the appearance
you to the next
To obtain a position as a Senior
Accounting Clerk of your resume: step – An
A position within the Accounting
Department • Leave plenty of "white space"
• Do not use the personal by using one-inch margins.
pronoun "I." Instead of • Your resume should be easy