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How To Write A Resume

Your resume should showcase who you are and why you would be an excellent fit for a position. Employers glance at resumes for roughly 6 to 7 seconds. This is the amount of time you have to make an impression. Create a resume that is no longer than a page and is visually pleasing to the reader by utilizing the top third of your resume. These steps will help you on your resume building journey:

1. You’ll want to start by finding a template you can use to fill in your information. Google supplies resume templates (New → Google docs → From a template), but you can find these online.

2. It’s important to add your contact information at the top of the resume at an easily locatable place for employers to find. You want to include the following information: Your first and last name (middle initial is optional), cell phone number, email address and LinkedIn profile URL. Do not include a headshot or home address unless it’s requested from the employer.
3. An objective statement is the first section of a resume. It should be a clear and concise summary regarding why you would be a great candidate for the position. Make sure you state the job title you would like to fulfill, your goals as they relate to the position, and what you can do for the company.
4. You’ll then need to choose the type of format you want for your resume. The most popular and traditional format is reverse chronological order. This means you will list your current or most recent held position at the top of all listed positions and move backwards in time.
Format your positions like the following example. Make the first line’s font size a couple points bigger than the lines following and bold it. This should be the job title you held. The line below it should be unbolded, a couple points smaller, and should list the company, city and state where the position was located. In parentheses, list the dates you worked there; do not include specific days. If you currently hold that position, format the dates as the following, “May 2017 – Current.” See the example below:

Cashier
Target, Glenview, IL (May 2017-June 2021).

Below this heading, list 3 to 5 bullet points summarizing your primary responsibilities inherent to the position (i.e., collect cash and credit payments using the register). Make sure these responsibilities are written in the present tense and are the most relevant to your position. These duties should also highlight how well you did them by focusing on your accomplishments in the workplace (i.e., greet customers as they enter the store and ensure they feel welcome).
5. Make sure to include your education on the resume with your highest degree on top. List the other degrees that follow in reverse chronological order. If you have graduated from a university, do not include your high school information in this section. If you haven’t finished college, you can indicate that you’re a current student by clarifying the dates that you began college to “Current.” If any completed coursework is relevant to the position, add this information as well as accomplishments like honors or awards you have received.
6. List relevant skills that pertain to the position you’re applying for. If you’re applying for a tutoring position, listing mechanical skills would be irrelevant to the employer seeking a candidate. Make sure you include both hard skills (specific abilities you obtain like operating a cash register) and soft skills (personal attributes you have obtained through life experience, like time management).
7. Other sections you can include on your resume are hobbies and interests, volunteer work, internship experience, awards, languages you speak, and projects you’ve been involved in. Remember that these sections should continue to highlight how you would be a good fit for this particular position.
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