Write Your Résumé

Résumés are not a list of what you did. They list what you can do. When describing work experience, start with an action verb. Do not say “responsible for.” Good résumés use skill language. List the common skills and experience that employer’s want. Again, use your occupational research to know what employers want.

Résumé Formats
  • A chronological résumé lists your work history starting with the most recent employment. This is the most common type of formatting and is utilized by job seekers remaining in the same or similar occupation.  
  • A functional résumé groups your skills and experience by skill areas. These skill areas are called “functions.” This format is utilized most often by job seekers changing careers or with gaps in their employment history.  
  • A combination résumé combines the other two formats. It groups your skills by function- and lists a short work history.  

 

What to Include on Your Résumé
  • Contact information tells the employer how to reach you. It is very important for setting up interviews. You must list your home and email address. 
  • A summary or profile statement shows why you are a good fit for your targeted employment opportunity. You can highlight your skills and traits that make you the best candidate for the job.
  • Your work experience describes your skills, accomplishments, and your previous employment.  
  • Your accomplishments and awards on the job or in school. Also include quotas that you met or money you saved past companies, number of customers you helped, or other outcomes that help a business run well.
  • Education lists your degrees and classes. Omit years of graduation. Include licenses or certifications

Résumé Writing Resources