Resume Writing Template and Tips

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The following resume template lists the information you need to include on your resume. Use the template to generate a list of information to include on your resume, then compile the details to format your resume into a customized resume to send to employers.

Resume Template

Contact Information
The first section of your resume should include information on how the employer can contact you.

First Last Name
Street Address
City, State, ZIP
Phone (Cell/Home)
Email Address

Objective (optional)
What do you want to do? If you include this section, it should be a sentence or two about your employment goals. A customized objective that describes why you are the perfect candidate for the job can help your resume stand out from the competition.

Career Highlights / Qualifications / Profile (optional)
A customized section of your resume that lists key achievements, skills, traits, and experience relevant to the position for which you are applying can serve dual purposes. It highlights your relevant experience and lets the prospective employer know that you have taken the time to create a resume that shows how you are qualified for the job.​

This section of your resume includes your work history. List the companies you worked for, dates of employment, the positions you held and a bulleted list of responsibilities and achievements.

Company #1
City, State
Dates Worked

Job Title
Responsibilities / Achievements

Company #2
City, State
Dates Worked

Job Title
Responsibilities / Achievements​

In the education section of your resume, list the colleges you attended, the degrees you attained, and any special awards and honors you earned.

College, Degree
Awards, Honors​

Include skills related to the position / career field that you are applying for e.g. computer skills, language skills.​

There is no need to include references on your resume. Rather, have a separate list of references to give to employers upon request.

More Tips on Writing Your Resume

Read the job description in the ad, paying special attention to keywords that describe the duties, skills, and qualifications associated with the position. Then, match your experience and abilities to these keywords, and emphasize them throughout your resume and cover letter.

Review resume formats, and choose the best type of resume for your experience and the job to which you’re applying. For example, if your work experience is a good fit for the role, a chronological resume might be the best choice. On the other hand, if you’ve done a good deal of job hopping, or are looking for work while unemployed, a functional resume might be a better option, as it focuses on skills over linear employment history.

Look at resume samples to see how to incorporate your resume template information into an appropriate format.  

Consider using a Microsoft resume template, if you’re stuck getting started.

Download a free resume template to create your resume or use the templates available in Microsoft Word.

Keep it simple. Choose a basic font and a font size that’s readable. (In other words, this is not the time to use fancy calligraphy fonts or to experiment with a lot of different font sizes). Make sure that your formatting is consistent throughout your resume, cover letter, and other application materials.

Customize your resume. Always be sure to personalize and customize your resume so it reflects your skills and abilities and connects them with the jobs you are applying for. Your finished product should be a unique reflection of what you can bring to the job -- not a thinly revised downloadable template. It’s also a good idea to get into the habit of customizing your resume for every job application.

Even if you’re applying for similar roles at different organizations, each employer will have its own requirements and priorities. Make sure that your resume and other application materials speak to their specific needs, and increase your chances of getting the job.

Proofread, proofread, proofread. And when you’re done proofreading, have a friend check things over one last time before you submit your application. Minor mistakes can make a big impact on your chances -- and not in a positive way. 

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