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Identification Section / Contact Details:> Be sure to begin your resume with your full name, address, contact phone number(s), along with your email address (it is recommended to use an email address like johnsmith@gmail.com instead of ilovefootball@hotmail.com, etc.).

Identify your Resume

  • Full Name
  • Home Address
  • City, State, Zip
  • Phone number (home/office)
  • Mobile number (mobile)
  • Email

You are welcome to check out the resume templates for Microsoft Word page to reference some examples of contact details for resume's.

Resume Layout/Formatting: There are a variety of ways to write your resume. Traditionally, the first section of a resume should be either your Career Summary, Resume Objective, or your Resume Profile. You can choose any of these to begin your resume.

The intent of a resume profile, career summary, or a resume objective is to simply give your future employer an overview of who you are and your goals.

It is always to keep this section 1 to 3 sentences long. One of the biggest mistakes you can make in writing your resume is to make your resume too long. Keep in mind that your future employer is looking at your resume, along with at least a dozen other applicant's resumes. It is always recommended to be short, clear and to the point in ALL sections of your resume.

The remainder of your resume should consist of an Education section, and a Professional Experience / Employment History section.

Professional Experience / Employment History Section:

  • Be sure to include your work experience, beginning with the most recent (reverse chronological order).

  • You are welcome to include any job, internship, and volunteer work.

  • Do not make this section too lengthy. Since you are not required to list every job you've had, it is wise to list the jobs that provided a learning experience for you.
  • List 3 to 4 main tasks, accomplishments, and positive skills attained at each job. You can use phrases like "daily responsibilities included..." or "duties/tasks consisted of".
  • Always include the name of the company, approximate dates of employment, and your position/title. Check the resume samples section for generic references.

Education Section:

  • Be sure to include the degress you have earned, beginning with the most recent (reverse chronological order).
  • Including the correct name of each school/institution, along with its location is very important.
  • Name the year of graduation (if still attending, include an expected graduation date).
  • Do NOT include a highschool degree unless you are currently in Highschool.
  • If you attended college but earned no degree, list the college(s) you attended, along with the years you attended and your chosen major/concentration.

You can always view excellent resume examples to see any of these sections on the bottom of this page.

Resume Length:

Keep your resume less than 2 full pages. One page resume's are ideal.

Choosing a Font & Font Size:

When writing your own resume, the font chose is often overlooked. To play it safe, it is recommended to use simple fonts, such as Calibri, Tahoma, or Arial. Font sizing should stay between 10 and 12 points.