How To Write A Resume

The resume is the key to any job search. Although a résumé may not be necessary for entry-level positions, it is still a nice touch that can help set you apart from other job applicants. A resume says, “I am professional, organized, and accomplished.” It should give the employer an overview of your qualifications. It must include your education, skills, work experience, activities and interests.

Below is a list of the basic information usually found in a résumé. While résumé styles may vary, these sections are always included:

  • Contact information:
    Give your full name, address, phone number with area code and e-mail address at the very top of the résumé.
  • Job Objective:
    State the job for which you are applying.
  • Education:
    List the schools you have attended and the diplomas and degrees that you have earned. If you are still in school, list it as “In progress.”
  • Work Experience:
    List your work experience starting with the most recent job.
  • Honors and Activities:
    Include any honors or awards that you have received or activities that you have participated in that relate to the job for which you are applying.
  • Special Skills and Abilities:
    Identify any skills and abilities you gained in school, on the job or in any other situation.
  • References:
    If your résumé is short, you may include references. If not, state that they are available upon request.
View some sample resumes for teens.