A resume is a personal inventory and a formal presentation to a potential employer. The goal is to land an interview. Emphasize what you can offer, not what you are seeking. Show your accomplishments, results, and problems you have solved not just your work experience.

Review – what your principal work goals are.

Choose – a format. The most common ones are:

  • Chronological: It lists your work history beginning with the most recent ones
  • Functional: Highlights capabilities and accomplishments
  • Mixed: Covers chronological and functional information

Write A Draft – of your resume. Be sure to include:

  • Your name, address, phone number, & email at the top
  • Your work experience
  • Your educational history
  • Contact information for your references (people that can evaluate your ability)

You can also include a paragraph about your work goals, volunteer work, knowledge of languages or computers, affiliations, awards, hobbies, etc.

Correct – your resume so that it is concise, complete, and easy to read. Try to use only one page. Only include the most important information. It is fundamental that spelling, grammar, and punctuation be perfect!

Type – a good final copy. Print extra copies, if possible use high-quality paper.