Writing your first resume can seem like a chore, but having one will make you stand out! It doesn’t have to be fancy. Here are some tips to take the guesswork out of resume-writing:
- Font Size and Style – use something simple like Arial or Times New Roman. Use a bigger font for headings but try to stick with a 10-point font size for the body of your resume.
- Contact Information – Choose a larger font size for your name (try 14-point or 16-point). A mailing address is not necessary, but make sure to include your phone number and email address. Also, make sure to list an email address that is professional (email@example.com for example).
- Objective – Include your objective if you ‘re interested in a specific industry or field, or target the objective to the position to which you’re applying.
- Experience – Be sure to include the name of the company along with the city and state where you worked. Include the month and year that you were hired through the month and year that you left. Start with your most recent job first. Be sure to include ways in which you used problem solving, communication skills, and job-specific skills. Don’t have on-the-job experience yet? List any volunteer work or internships instead.
- Skills – Include any special skills you have that are relevant to the job (computer skills, a skilled trade certification, machine or equipment operation, etc)
- Education – Include the last school you attended, the city and state, and the years you attended the school.
- References – Have a list of 3 references available.