How is your resume supposed to look? There are a number of ways that you can format your resume to look professional. Below, we offer the pieces that should be included in every resume, your format options, as well as a sample resume for the standard professional resume to help you with the creation of your own professional resume.
The first necessary piece of any resume is the heading, which includes your full name, address, and contact information. You can center this heading or place it to the left; but make sure it is created in a clean and professional manner to closely resemble something like this:
23 West Street
Randolph, VT 22345
The objective is an optional aspect that can help an applicant show their goals-if not clear through their career history, education, and qualifications; and should follow the heading. It should state in one sentence what the applicant is seeking in their career and with what experience and skills they hope to achieve it. It should look something like this:
Seeking a career in daycare teaching in which I can use my experience with children, love for babies, and multi-tasking skills to provide a wholesome and nurturing environment for toddlers and preschoolers.
Next, you should list your education with years attended, degree obtained, accreditation earned, and courses studied. If you have higher education, you should not list high school; however, if you only have a high school degree, you should list it with full details. List education from most recent first. Also, if you have special achievements to list, include them here. If you have a GPA above 3.0, also list this; otherwise, omit it. It should look like this:
University of Alabama 2001-2005
Bachelors of Art, English Communications
Special Coursework: Virginia Woolf Seminar
Achievements: Magna cum Laude
This is the meat of your resume, and should be approached very carefully and with much thought. You should list all positions in which you were employed in the past ten years, starting with the most recent. Each employment period should include the name of the employer, your title, the location of the company, how long you worked there, and your main responsibilities and achievements. Make sure to use action verbs to start every responsibility and/or achievement under the basic employment information. It should look like this:
2005 – Present, Administrative Assistant
Sarasota World Enterprises
Sarasota, FL 55644
•Facilitated administrative support for an office of ten executives.
•Answered phones on a multi-line answering system to field phone calls to appropriate departments.
•Maintained all office procedures such as invoicing, paperwork, faxing documents, mailing systems, etc.
At the end of your resume, you should either list three professional references if requested by the job posting; or put the following: References Available upon Request. If references are requested in your resume, you should include each professional reference with your full name, their relationship to you, and contact information.