How Do I Set Up A Resume?

Posted in Career Blog

If you have never created your own resume, or perhaps, have never created one that got you the details that you desired; you may be wondering how to set up a resume so that you look professional and qualified to a potential employer. Here are the basics on setting up a professional resume for success:

1.Personal Information The first part to any resume should be the header which includes your personal information, so you should include your first and last name, mailing address, phone, and email. You can use bolding or larger font for your name to make it stand out, but make sure that it is not distracting. Remember that your resume should always look professional, not creative. It should look like this:

John Salisbury
45 West Point Road
Savannah, GA 23456
(999)999-9999
[email]

2.Objective Next, if you are interested in including an objective, it goes after your personal information. This is an optional aspect of the resume, that is usually included if the career direction or history in relation to the direction, is not already obvious in the resume details. So, for example, if you have employment history in customer service, and are looking to get a position in advertising; you would make the connection between your customer service experience and skills to the future of your career as an advertising professional. It should look something like this:
Seeking a professional position in Advertising that would allow me to use my excellent track record in customer service, and stellar communications skills.

3.Employment History Though it varies from person to person on what kind of resume format they use, typically, in a standard resume, the employment history comes next. If you are entry level, and your education and/or training shows more promise and value to your career; it is advised to show this first. In all other cases; however, you should include the details of your employment history over the past ten years. Start with the most recent, preface the details with dates of employment, and include employer’s name, city and state, your job title, and bullet points showing what responsibilities you had in that position. It should look like this:
May 2003- Present   Advertising Executive
Great Minds Advertising; Savannah, GA
•Responsibilities/achievements
•Responsibilities/achievements
•Responsibilities/achievements
•Responsibilities/achievements
•Responsibilities/achievements

4.Education Next-depending on the format of your resume-you will want to include the education that you have received, starting with the most recent. Start by including the dates that you attended that school, the degree or accreditation you gained, the name of the school, the city/state of the school, etc. Next, if applicable, include a GPA of 3.0 or more, related coursework, honors programs, and other achievements that are exceptional. It should look like this:
September 2006- May 2010   Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Stanford University; Palo Alto, CA; GPA 3.4
•Dean’s List all four years
•Specialized coursework in Engineering Concepts, Honors Computer Engineering, and Advanced Topics in Comp Engineering.
•President of Engineers of America

5.Achievements The next section is that of achievements. This is an optional field that you should include only if you do have achievements that are not listed elsewhere on your resume, that are exceptional; such as being involved with nonprofit volunteering, fundraising events, or being bilingual in Spanish. Achievements is the section that you would include all other skills and achievements that you have not listed elsewhere, but you believe would be of interest to a prospective employer.

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