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Writing a Resume

List your educational and work experiences, beginning with the most recent of each. 

Try to keep your resume limited to two pages, and review it carefully for grammatical errors before you submit it to a potential employer.

Parts of a resume:

  • Header: Name and contact information. Your name should be in a larger font size to catch the reader's eye.
  • Summary/Objective: A phrase or sentence that describes the career you are seeking. Specify the type of position you are applying for and the industry in which you want to work. Note: the summary and objective section is not required in a resume and some experts recommend not including it.
  • Educational background: List your degrees from most recent to least recent. If you have not graduated yet,list the degree with an expected graduation date.
  • Work experience: List the title and position, the company, and the dates of employment (month and year). Beneath each position, list your workplace responsibilities in a bulleted list or brief paragraph. Use action verbs (e.g., managed, developed, treated) and brief phrases to be engaging. Where possible, add specific numbers and details to highlight the importance of your responsibilities.
  • Skills: List career-related skills or achievements. Some ideas of what to include are programming languages, training on specialized machines or software, bookkeeping skills, public speaking, fluency in world languages, and any specialized training you have received.
  • Awards and Activities: List any relevant volunteer experience or awards.

Adapted from: Johnson-Sheehan, R.(2015);Technical communication today;(5th ed.) Pearson.