There are a number of parts that make up a resume, some are mandatory and some are interchangeable based on the type of resume you chose to use. The following section will list and explain the most common. For more information on how you lay out your resume, feel free to look at our resume templates page by clicking here!
Your name, address, phone/fax number and e-mail address should be the first items on your resume. You should use your full name and address without abbreviations and your phone/fax number should be given beginning with the area code. Your E-mail address should be a professional one. If your E-mail address is NOT professional, take the time to make yourself a new one. Believe it or not, something as simple as an unprofessional E-mail address can cause your resume to be immediately passed over. If you have a LinkedIn page, you can include a link to your page in this section as well.
This is a brief statement that both focuses on and emphasizes the type of position you desire. The tricky part is to keep it short, but not so short that you don’t fully describe the position you desire, or limit yourself from other similar opportunities. If you choose to use a Summary that contains your objective, you do not need to use an Objective.
Highlights of Qualifications
This section should immediately make your resume stand out. It consists of several brief statements highlighting your strong points and qualifications. It aligns directly with what is being identified in the job posting as a need/requirement. A typical group of highlights might include any of the following:
- A previous/current job title that speaks to the position you are applying for
- Years of relevant experience you have
- Summary of outstanding skills and abilities
- Foreign language proficiency including American Sign Language
- A significant accomplishment (briefly stated)
- A reference to yourself (Are you a team player? Goal oriented? etc.)
This section would include skills that are very specific to the job you’re applying for.
- Computer expertise (including specific software or processes)
- Industry specific skills (Welding, heavy machine operation, CAD, etc…)
All experience related to the field of your current objective should receive important treatment and be mentioned. Include the following information:
- Name and location of employer
- What the organization does (if it is not clear)
- Your functional title
- The dates that you worked there
- Your duties and responsibilities
- Your significant achievements and contributions to this position
The names, locations, attendance dates and degrees from colleges, university, trade school, etc. should be listed, starting from the most recent, in chronological order. Specific dates are not necessary unless you’ve achieved relevant accomplishments within the last 5 years. If you have worked in a position for a while, it is not necessary to emphasize education as much due to the fact that you’ve probably gained more education while actually working on the job than you would in a classroom.
Professional Affiliations and Special Honors/Awards
Volunteer and Community Service
May be used to identify skills that are required in the job description but not in your work history. Also provides a way to communicate continued use of skills while not actively employed.
Wait until requested before providing references. This will allow you to provide the most appropriate references for the specific job you are applying for. You may wish to let a potential employer know that you have contacts who will support your employment and have a separate document ready to hand over during an interview.