At the end of this section, you should have multiple examples from others to help you create your own resume. Read the information below, then move on to the project, using the information you’ve learned.
- This will include essential personal information.
- Formal name (no nickname)
- Phone number (be sure to have a professional voicemail)
- Email (professional…notice a trend)
This will be the first thing you potential employers see. So be sure that it is a good first impression! DO NOT include a picture of yourself on your resume.
This is generally a one sentence explanation of the type of job you are seeking. Your objective should be fairly specific. If you are applying for different types of jobs, change your objective to match each type of job. If you are uncertain about the specific positions available, note your areas of interest.
As students, this should be your next section of information. If you are in college, you only need to include college because it is assumed that you have graduated from high school. For the same reason, high school students should not include information from junior high/middle school. You should specify the dates of attendance or graduation (or expected graduation). As a college student, include your major and the degree you expect to receive. Some people include education-‐related honors in this section. If your education is particularly relevant to a job, you may want to include a section titled “Relevant Courses.” In this category, you can list classes that might contribute to your employability.
In this section, you should include previous employers, their locations, your dates of employment, and your job title. You may have to create a job title if you did not have one. You should include at least two one-‐line descriptions of what your job duties and responsibilities were. You can not assume that the job title explains what you did to all readers. Use action verbs to start each of these descriptions. Do not use “I” in descriptions.
Special Skills (Certifications)
This section can include specific skills not included in any of the other sections. For example, some people include their typing speed or fluent languages they speak. You can also include any specific certifications you have.
Employers like to see people who have been involved in school or community activities. In this section, list special activities you participated in (prom committee) and organizations you joined (drama club, baseball team, etc.). Include the years in which you participated. Be aware, however, that some employers may eventually view this information as irrelevant. As high school students, this should not be a concern.
This section is for any awards or accomplishments you received or were nominated for.
Typically you will order your headings as they were listed previously. Within each heading, sort items by date with the most recent first.
Resumes should be formatted neatly so they are well organized and easy to read. Select fonts that are readable and professional. Avoid fonts with too many curves, a comical look, or that are hard to read. Use bold and italics to emphasize information, but do not overdo it. Color can be used in minimal ways as well. Most resumes should be simple and easy to read with no graphics.
For applicants to graphics design, art, or advertising, more colors and graphics are acceptable. These can help brand the applicant’s identity and demonstrate their intentional design skills to their potential employer.
Project: Search for Examples & Mimic Content
Take a few minutes to search for sample resumes. These can help you identify what structure fits your personal preference and see what others chose to include in their resumes. Whatever style you choose, always be sure that it presents in a professional manner. Remember, your resume is often the first impression an employer gets of you!
Download and save two example resumes to your U: drive. You will use these as a basis of your own sections and format. You can choose examples that have interesting flow of information, relevant content that will help you brainstorm your own details, or a visual design that appeals to you and your purpose.
Slow down and take some time to write out your own personal details for inclusion on your resume. (If you already have a copy of your resume from a previous class, you can email it to yourself or bring it in on a USB. Then use the new knowledge presented in these lessons to update your details and ensure you’ve included all the necessary parts.) Remember to think of your audience and what the purpose of your resume is. Open the Resume Graphic Organizer document (in the V: drive) to help you think through how your resume should flow and best represent your skills and experience for your purpose.
In the V: drive, find the “Resume Development” file and use it to begin your own content. (If you’re editing a previous resume, you can skip this section and just include a copy of your previous resume instead.)