1. NAME and CONTACT – I cannot stress enough how important it is to check and double check that the resume contact information is current and correct.
2. OBJECTIVE – A simple objective statement sets the tone for the rest of your resume and focuses the readers attention on your goal. Read this complete article on writing resume objective statements here.
3. EDUCATION and SPECIAL TRAINING – List the most recent or highest achievements first and work backwards in time for a chronological resume. Stick to relevant training and education!
4. EXPERIENCE– What have you done? Include volunteer work, class projects, campus involvement, community service or working in a family business. Your goal here is to set yourself apart from all the other candidates who are applying for the same job. You are looking for anything that will give you the advantage.
5. SPECIAL SKILLS – Include language skills or advanced computer/technical skills.
Once you have a good resume, take it to your college career center staff who will give you advice as to how you can improve it. They can also help you with job interview preparation if that is the next step in your job search strategy.
If you can’t make it to your career center, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org for a free critique.