How to Write a Resume

You can't get that job you've been seeking without a resume that gets noticed. Learn how to write a resume to get you in the door for a job interview.


Writing your resume should begin with your details:

Name, Address, Telephone Number and E-mail Address (Optional)
Begin your resume with your real name (not nickname) and a permanent address. Include the area code with your phone number. If you are not at home during the day, make sure an answering machine or voicemail is available for messages.


You should then include the following:

Objective
This is the focal point of your resume - the position you are seeking in specific terms. Your objective should be simple yet directly related to your qualifications and accomplishments.


Education
List your most recent educational experience first. Be sure to include your degree (AS, BA, BS, etc.), major, institution attended, graduation date, minors/concentrations and any other major course work or projects. Special awards and commendations should be noted.


Work Experience
Always include the title of your position, name of organisation, location (town, state) and dates of employment. Describe your work experience and responsibilities using strong action words. Volunteer work, internships and student teaching should be listed here.


Additional Information
This is the place for extra information that doesn't fit into other categories, such as special interests, computer knowledge and activities. Multilingual and medically trained people should list their experience here.


References
When resume writing, you may wish to include on your resume: "References available upon request." Always ask for permission before listing someone as a reference. List three people, including name, title, employer, address, and business and home telephone numbers.


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