Guide to Create Your Own Resume

A Resume Can Be The Gateway to a First Interview

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When you are fresh out of school or looking for your first-job, the process can be overwhelming. One of the most difficult aspects of job searching is putting together a good resume. A resume, a brief overview of your work experience, education and skills, is a key document used by employers to narrow down the applicant pool. While your resume cannot get you a job, it can get you an interview, an important first step in securing a position.

This guide contains important aspects of resumes and tips on what to include.

Contact Information

While it may seem obvious, you would be amazed how many people submit beautiful resumes, but forget to include their contact information! Your resume should include your name, email address, phone number and a link to your online portfolio or LinkedIn page if you have one. 

Make sure your email is accurate and professional; if you have an address that contains mentions of your hobbies or interests, create a new account with a free service like Google or Yahoo with just your name, such as 


In the past, objectives have usually been included in resumes. But really, objectives in resumes are all the same; everyone is trying to get a job. Instead, make it easy for hiring managers by creating an overview. This is a written form of your elevator speech, giving them a quick snapshot of who you are, what your experience is and what you are looking for.


A sample overview for a graphic designer would state, "Seasoned graphic designer with 10 years of experience in print and digital media. Proficient with InDesign, Quark and Photoshop. Solid foundation in HTML and CSS for creating websites."

Employment History

The most common resume form is ordering your employment history chronologically, with the most recent experience first.

You do not have to include every role you ever had; if you are a seasoned manager, you do not need to include jobs you had in college or your internships. 

In the employment history, include your employers' names, the dates you worked at each place, your job title and your accomplishments at each workplace. Focus on achievements rather than a list of tasks For instance, if you are in public relations, instead of saying "distributed press releases," you would say, "Distributed over 200 releases to 500 outlets and had a publish rate of 50 percent." 


In your education section, include any college or post-graduate work. If you have a bachelor's degree or higher, there is no need for you to include your high school. If you do not have a college degree, it's perfectly acceptable to include where you went to high school and when you graduated. 

The sections listed above are the key elements of a resume. Use these sections to highlight your experiences, education and talents. By using clear categories, you can make your resume visually engaging and more appealing to hiring managers.