Write Your Resume

A resume is a communication tool. Job seekers use it to list their skills and experience. Employers use resumes to choose who to bring in for an interview.

Resumes are not a list of what you did. They list what you can do. When describing work experience, start with an action verb. Do not say “responsible for.” Good resumes list the common skills and experience that employers want. Again, use your occupational research to find out what employers want.

Resume Formats
  • A chronological resume (pdf) lists your work history starting with the most recent. This is the most common type. It is used by people who are staying in an occupation with a solid work history.  
  • A functional resume (pdf) groups your skills and experience by skill areas. These skill areas are called “functions.” It is used mostly by people who do not have any work history.
  • A hybrid resume (pdf) combines the chronological and functional formats. It groups your skills by function. It also lists a work history. It is used by people who are changing occupations or those returning to the workforce after a long break.  
What to Include on Your Resume
  • Contact information tells the employer how to reach you. It is very important for setting up interviews. Most people list their name, home address, city, state, email and phone number. 
  • Start your resume with your career title of the job applying for.
  • A summary statement shows why you are a good fit for your targeted job. You can highlight your skills and traits that make you successful.
  • Your work experience describes where you worked. It also describes your skills and accomplishments at each of your previous jobs.  
  • Your accomplishments and awards on the job or in school. Also include money that you earned or saved past companies, number of customers you helped, or other outcomes that help a business run well.
  • Education lists your degrees and classes. Include licenses or certifications. If your education is recent, place it before work experience. Otherwise, place it at the end.

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