You Can Build Your Resume  Step by Step


How to Build Your Resume


A resume must relate your qualifications to a prospective employer in a way that makes them want to know you better.

By following the steps shown below, you will have a better understanding of what a resume is and what it should include. Each step is clearly defined and some have examples to aid in understanding what is needed.


Follow Each Step Carefully

There are 3 basic resume formats: chronological, functional and combination. Which one you choose depends upon a number of things. You will want to research which resume format best suits your needs. Once you have an idea of the format that best fits with your situation, read through each section below. When you have done that, you can prepare your information as you read through it a second time.

It really does make a difference when you understand the whole process before beginning it. When you build your resume one step at a time, it becomes much easier than having to tackle the whole thing at once.

BUILD YOUR RESUME - STEP ONE - THE HEADING: This section will always appear at the top of your page regardless of which format you choose. It contains your name, address, phone number and email address. Do not include a web site address unless it is absolutely related to the position you are seeking. More often than not, websites distract prospective employers, not impress them.

BUILD YOUR RESUME - STEP TWO - THE OBJECTIVE: When writing your job objective, highlight not only on what you want to do, but also how you will be able to benefit the employer with your skills. This section lets the employer know what position you are seeking and how you will do it well.

BUILD YOUR RESUME - STEP THREE - EDUCATION: The information that goes in this section is presented in reverse chronological order. This means that the most recent school you attended is listed first.

If you have any college education, omit your high school information. If you have not taken any college courses, state the name of your high school, where it is located and the courses you enjoyed most. (Be sure they relate to the job you are seeking.) Also list the date you graduated. Here is an example: University of Texas
Bachelor of Science degree in Business
September 2000 – May 2004 If your GPA is good, list it. If you have not completed your education, explain that you are pursuing a degree and list the date you expect to complete the degree.


BUILD YOUR RESUME - STEP FOUR - EXPERIENCE / EMPLOYMENT HISTORY: This is perhaps the most important section of the resume. Do not simply use this section to state where you worked and what you did. List your accomplishments, skills and abilities in a way that creates excitement. Give them a reason to want to meet you face to face. Here is an example:

Administrative Assistant
Collfield-Meyers, Inc.
Prepared sales reports for 15 branch offices
in 3 states, scheduled meetings for upper level
management, designed a spreadsheet to track
commissions saving the company time and money,
trained assistants for each of the offices as
needed and assisted sales staff in preparing
marketing materials for client presentations.
July 2004 – Present

List all of the jobs you have held for the past 5 years (at least) unless you have held a lot of jobs. You may have to go to 2 pages for your resume if that is the case. Preferably, a resume should only one page in length. Volunteer work is fine to list here if you do not have any - or much – paid employment. Otherwise, list it in the "other" section of the resume.

BUILD YOUR RESUME - STEP FIVE - OTHER: This section can include anything from publications, awards, hobbies (as long as they relate to the position being sought), honors, special skills, etc.

BUILD YOUR RESUME - STEP SIX - REFERENCES: If you include this section at all, simply state that your references are available upon request. Do not list your references on your resume.

This outline helps you understand what information goes in which section of the resume. It is a guideline and can be adjusted, if necessary. Since you have looked at the various resume formats, you know that resume styles vary, so use the outline and the formats as you need to in order to guide you through the resume-writing process. Nothing is really set in stone. Just don't get so creative with the format that the employer misses the point of the resume or becomes so distracted trying to find pertinent information that he/she gives up.

Don't forget: A resume must relate your qualifications to a prospective employer in a way that makes them want to know you better. Be bold and let the employer know just how good you are. It's the only way to get your foot in the door.

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