By: John Holmgren TheExpertResumeWriter.com
Below is the organization method I use to write resumes. They vary a bit, but not very much. This layout is time tested. I know it is effective. Keep everything as simple and easy to read as possible. However, keep in mind that the words you use are critical.
Header information: standard name, address, phone, email data.
Objective: your career goal as it relates to this specific job. No more that eight words.
Summary: five or six bullets that emphasize your skills relevant to this job.
Work Experience: list organizations from most recent to oldest
name of company / organization, location, dates employed
description of company purpose, size, area covered, number of employees
your title: if several positions, list dates in job in chronological order
bullet entries of your accomplishments, promotions, awards
Education: highest college degree first then subsequent education; don’t list GPA
unless exceptional; include awards, dean’s list, scholarships
Include vocational schooling; include any certifications; include special skills like
foreign language fluency, industry specific software, pilot’s license
Professional / Trade Affiliations: include any organization of whom you are a member
whose focus is relevant to your job search; include officer positions and awards
Do not include references on your resume. It will only irritate your references. You will
know when the time is right to offer them.
Include keywords for both human and computer scanning. For keyword ideas, first
use words from the organization’s job description. Then go to their web site for more
words they use. For online assistance, go to:
Unless you are an academic where advanced degrees are crucial or you have just
graduated, put your educational history at the end of the resume.