Creating a Resume That Stands Out

WRITING YOUR RESUME

A resume is defined as a brief written account of personal, educational and professional qualifications and experience, as prepared by an applicant for a job. A lot of applicants make the process of creating a resume much more difficult than it should be. We’re going to walk you through the process and help make the process as clear and easy as possible. This step-by-step guide will provide you with the necessary information to create a resume you can be proud of and one that will help you stand out from the crowd to potential employers.

  • The Basics / Setting Up Your Page:

It’s important to remember to keep your resume easy to read and professionally organized. Be sure to stick to basic fonts such as Arial, Times New Roman or Calibri. Keep your font size to typical office standards of 11-to-12. While you can use more than one font or font size we recommend using no more than one type of font. To help your heading(s) stand out from the rest of your resume you may use a font size of 14-16. See examples of using different font sizes in the example resume below.

  • Your Layout:
There are many types of layouts you may use when creating your resume. Two of the most popular resume types include Chronological and Functional. Chronological resumes focus on showcasing your growth in a particular field and work best when you are staying within one particular industry or specialty. Functional resumes showcase a wide variety of skills and specialties and allow for some flexibility if you have gaps in your work history from being unemployed, self-employed or any other similar instance that may require some type of explanation.

We recommend a mixture of these resume types and will show you how to create your resume with the example resume below:

  • Example Resume:

(Your Name)
(Street Address)
(City, State ZIP Code)

[OBJECTIVE:]
(A quick statement identifying what you are seeking with this particular position and/or employer. Ex: I am seeking a sales position in the ___________ industry where I can utilize my _______ years of experience to be a valuable member to a great organization.)

[PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:]
(Job Title – Company Name)
(Start Date – End Date)

(A brief summary of your key roles and responsibilities. If you earned any additional awards, achievements or were recognized for outstanding performance you may list those items as well.)

(Job Title – Company Name)
(Start Date – End Date)

(A brief summary of your key roles and responsibilities. If you earned any additional awards, achievements or were recognized for outstanding performance you may list those items as well.)

[EDUCATION:]
(School Name – Location)
(Degree / Certification)

(Include any relevant coursework that may need to be noted if your degree or certification is in a different field. This section is not only for College and/or High School information but also any certifications by accredited organizations to a variety of industries.)

[SKILLS:]

(This section is for listing any skills that you have gained through work experience or education that relate to the position you are applying for. We recommend listing 5-8 skills in order of which skills are most important to the job you are seeking.

Example: Outside Sales – 6 years
Customer Service – 6 years
Microsoft Office – 5 years

[REFERENCES:]

Many companies will ask specifically for references while many do not require references to be listed. We recommend, at a minimum, to put something along the lines of References available upon request. In the event you do go ahead and list out your professional references here’s an example of how to list each one individually.

Example: Reference Name, Title
Company or Organization
Phone Number
Email Address