Basic Elements of a Résumé
The Reverse Chronological resume will be used by 95% of job seekers. This will present information from the most recent to oldest.
- Work experience
Other options include Functional (skills oriented) and Accomplishment/achievement (high-lighting approach).
- Name, address information, phone, and e-mail
- Degree(s), major, date graduated (anticipated), dates of attendance, related coursework, GPA (if above 3.0)
- Job title
- Job description
- Name and place of employment
- Dates of employment
- Summary of qualifications
- Languages (fluent or conversational)
- Computer/Technical skills (MS Office, MS Word, MS Excel, QuickBooks, Adobe, Dreamweaver, etc.)
- Activities, honors (Deans list, volunteer work, sports, etc)
- Use 11 to 14 pt. font; 12 is standard
- Provide an e-mail address that sounds professional
- Review your gathered background facts and select the facts that describe you best.
- Organize the information to present yourself in the best possible manner.
- Avoid spelling and grammar errors
- Use consistent punctuation (avoid exclamation marks)
- Include race, religion, sex, age, or marital status
- Use personal pronouns (e.g., I, me, my)
- State historical wage/salary information
- Give reasons for leaving previous jobs
- Use too many different fonts or excessive emphasis features (e.g. underline, bold, italics)
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