Writing a Resume

  1. Summary of Qualifications – Write a brief summary of your professional background and qualifications. Customize to the needs of the company.
  2. Objective – When writing the objective, keep it brief and specific. If you can’t be specific, you should leave it off. Try repeating parts of the advertisement to customize your resume.
  3. Education – This area is particularly important especially if you don’t have a great deal of work experience. Use it to highlight your GPA, degree or any related course work or seminars.
  4. Work Experience – Four things that should be included when describing your work experience are:
    1. Position Title
    2. Company Name
    3. Location
    4. Dates of previous Employment
    Describe your responsibilities, emphasizing your achievements, with action words. List the most important responsibilities first and describe them completely. If you are a student or recent graduate, be sure to include any practicum or volunteer experience you may have.
  5. Computer Knowledge – This area can be used to highlight any relevant computer knowledge you may have. Again, be specific and try to customize this area as much as possible to the company’s needs.
  6. Interests/Activities – In this section, you can include sports, hobbies, social activities or other indicators of how you spend your spare time. This can be used to understand your “personality” or suitability to a particular position.
  7. References – ALWAYS ask individuals if they are willing to be a reference for you. The names are not always listed on the resume, but you should indicate that they can be provided upon request – always have a list prepared.Things to remember to include when listing references are:
    • Name & Title
    • Name & Address of the Company
    • Contact Telephone Numbers

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