Every now and then, it’s nice to return to the basics and provide a simple reminder of the standard elements of a professional resume. Of course your resume may not follow this exact pattern, and of course the details of your subheadings will vary widely based on your industry, level, position, and personal goals. But if you start with this simple structure, you’ll be on your way to your next position.
Present your contact information at the top of the page, and make sure your font and layout choices are attention-getting, sharp, and confident. Choose a color other than black if you like, and try several visual effects until you find one that represents who you are. Include your name, address, phone number, email address and a link to your personal website if you have one.
This will be the most important section of your resume, by far. This is the section that employers will read first, and they’ll turn to your summary to learn the basics of who you are, what you can do, and what you want. Make sure your summary provides a short, clear answer to the following question: What can you bring to this position that no other candidate can?
In your education section, list each educational institution you attended after high school, including all degree and formal certification programs. After each institution, state your course of study and the credential you earned (BS, MA, PhD, JD, certification, etc). Then list your graduation dates, including intended dates if you haven’t finished your program yet. Don’t include your GPA if you graduated more than three years ago.
List each previous employer, followed by your position title and the years of your tenure in that role. Follow each subheading with a brief summary of your basic responsibilities and any special accomplishments that exceeded the requirements of your title.
End your resume with a summary of any critical or valuable skills that you’d like your employer to know about. For more detail on which skills to include and which to omit for each specific targeted employer, visit Free Resume Builder. The guidelines and templates on the site can provide examples and valuable formatting help.