YOUR NAME
Your Home Address
City, State Zip
Home Telephone — Work Telephone (optional)
E-mail Address

OBJECTIVE:
Brief statement of general career goals and directions (with emphasis on short-term goals). Do not list specific titles as this will limit your options.

EDUCATION:
High School Grad?

SCHOOL ATTENDED, Location
Degree, Date of Graduation, GPA (only if above 3.0)

Honors

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
COMPANY NAME, Location, Year
TITLE
Brief description of company’s business. Continue with your personal duties/responsibilities in this position. You may also want to list your accomplishments (i.e., money the company saved through your efforts; new/successful programs you may have implemented, new customers developed, more profitable customers, sales volume increase etc.)

PREVIOUS EMPLOYER, Location, Year
TITLE
(Same as above)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
Include those activities that show responsibility (i.e., offices held) or career development in your area. You may also want to include outside activities. Avoid references to political or religious organizations.

PERSONAL:
Marital status, number of children, health status, height and weight. (This information is optional).

REFERENCES:
Will be furnished upon request.

(Note: One or two page resumes are most effective!)

Pointers

Action Verbs – They make a difference!

When describing your accomplishments, the use of action verbs can make the difference between a statement that attracts attention and one that seems commonplace and uninteresting.

achieved – added – broadened – consolidated – coordinated – created – developed – designed – eliminated – established – evaluated – expanded – generated – identified – increased – initiated – invented – maintained – managed – negotiated – organized – performed – planned – purchased – reduced – saved – simplified – streamlined – strengthened – supervised – trained – transferred – utilized – verified – worked – wrote.

Do’s

  •  Make sure your résumé is easy to read.
  •  Use concise, unambiguous sentences and avoid over-writing or flowery prose.
  •  Know your audience – use the vocabulary and speak the language of your targeted field.
  •  Keep the overall length of your résumé short. Depending upon your experience, one or two pages is ideal.
  •  Stress your past accomplishments and the skills you used to get the desired results.
  •  Focus on information that’s relevant to your own career goals.
  •  If you’re making a career change, stress what skills are transferable to support your new career objectives.
  •  Begin accomplishment statements with action verbs instead of pronouns like I, we, or even the company.
  •  Neatness counts. A poorly structured, badly typed résumé is a reflection of the applicant.

Dont’s

  •  Your salary history or reasons for leaving a previous job should never be included on a résumé.
  •  If you’re considering enclosing a photograph of yourself, don’t! You may bear a striking resemblance to someone the reader doesn’t like.
  •  Don’t include references – a potential employer is interested in references only after they are seriously considering hiring you. At the time, you may be asked to provide reference information.
  •  Don’t stretch the truth! Misinformation or untruthful statements will inevitably come back to haunt you.
  •  Avoid references to hobbies, activities and memberships that are not business-related or haven’t any application to your current career goals or job objectives.
  •  Last, but certainly not least, don’t have any unreasonable expectations of what a résumé can do. Employers do not hire résumés, they hire people.