The “nuts and bolts of your resume” is only a guide, feel free to modify, change, expand or simplify it to your liking. There is no official way of creating your resume, your resume should list the skills and abilities that make you unique and prove to the employer you are the right candidate for the position.
- Unique Name (should be you online identity as well)
- Current Address (No need to put Apt#, no one is sending snail mail)
- Permanent Address – Put only one address line
- Phone Number
- Include a phone number where you can be reached. Make sure the ring and voice message is professional and should identify either your name or the phone number that has been dialed. Watch where you answer you phone!
- Include your email which you check regularly. Please make sure that your email address is professional. If you need to, set up a user name that can be used for professional purposes.
A well thought-out statement of who you are and what marketable skills you bring to the table.
- Recent college graduates generally present education as their next section. Experienced candidates usually place education in a lower portion of their resume.
- Your educational background is listed in reverse chronological order (most recent academic experience first). Employers are most interested in your post-high school education. However, you may include your high school experience if your academics were specifically related to your present career direction or you attended a distinctive high school (e.g. Bronx High School of Science, School for the Performing Arts).
- Include your degree, your academic major and minor and your grade point average. Determining whether or not to include your GPA is a matter of personal decision. Historically, GPAs over 3.0 have been viewed in a positive light.
- A "Relevant Coursework" section may be developed as a means of enhancing the existing educational component of the resume. Courses that support your career objective should be included in this section.
Additional Information to Include
- Experiences include paid work, volunteer positions, internships, and co-op and summer jobs.
- List the experiences in reverse chronological order (most recent first). Once you acquire substantial full-time experience, omit your part-time and summer employment.
- If your experiences are relevant and/or are connected to your career objective you are encouraged to create a "Related Experience" category.
- List your job title, name of employer, city, state and dates of involvement. If your experiences occurred within a brief time frame, it is recommended that you position the dates at the end of your description. Let the reader review what you have accomplished before he or she sees how long you were involved in the experience.
- Describe your responsibilities, duties, and achievements. Cite accomplishments or the results of your work and quantify whenever possible. Numerical details provide the reader with a more specific understanding of your experience. Refrain from using pronouns to describe your experience. Utilizing the pronoun "I" to represent your involvement in the experience is redundant. Use active verbs to explain what you have experienced utilizing the past tense for previous experiences and the present tense for current experience.
- Extracurricular Activities
- Community Activities
- Professional Affiliations
- Computer Skills
- Language Skills
Etiquette and Ethics Tip
- Do not actually list names of references on your resume.
- If there is room, simply include the statement: "References Available Upon Request."
Though it varies by organization, you will most likely be asked to provide a list of references. It is important when you create this list that you ask your potential references if they would be willing to serve as a reference. Bring a list of references to your initial interview, in case they request it. It is better to have it and not need it, than not have it if requested. Once you have submitted a list of references to an organization, if it has been a while since you asked them to be on your reference list, you may want to let your references know they could be contacted.